There’s a Science Fiction

STORY THAT’S WORTHWHILE mentioning here, The Cold Equations, by Tom Godwin.

The story takes place entirely aboard an Emergency Dispatch Ship (EDS) headed for the frontier planet Woden with a load of desperately needed medical supplies. The pilot, Barton, discovers a stowaway: an eighteen-year-old girl. By law, all EDS stowaways are to be jettisoned because EDS vessels carry no more fuel than is absolutely necessary to land safely at their destination. The girl, Marilyn, merely wants to see her brother, Gerry, and was not aware of the law. When boarding the EDS, Marilyn saw the “UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL KEEP OUT!” sign, but thought she would at most have to pay a fine if she were caught. Barton explains that her presence dooms the mission by exceeding the weight limit, and the subsequent crash would kill both of them and doom the colonists awaiting the medical supplies. After contacting her brother, Marilyn willingly walks into the airlock and is ejected into space.

Life is set in a ring of iron of cold equations. They don’t stem only from limits on fuel and breathable air. They also arise from laws of economics which, somehow, leftists and others think don’t apply to them. These facts of life, the universe, and everything can also be read of in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Gods of the Copybook Headings.” But, of course, Kipling was an apologist for the British Empire, a racist, and blah-blah-blah, so leftists think they can be excused for being ignorant of his work. Just as they believe they can be excused for being ignorant of the iron laws of the universe that teach such lessons as “If you don’t work, you die.” Or, if you allow unions to exist, sooner or later, like any parasite, they will kill their hosts. Doesn’t matter a whit that their existence can be rationalized as an anodyne to human cruelty. They are parasitic in nature and, as the Gods of the Copybook Headings can teach us, parasites kill their hosts.

The decline of American cities was predictable. It was possible to predict it in the moments that international revolutionary Marxists sought to unionize garbage collectors. The inevitability of the process only varies in the time scale. The conclusion is foregone.

2 responses to “There’s a Science Fiction

  1. May I suggest that you delete the last line of the synopsis so that you don’t ruin the story for folks who haven’t read it?

  2. Mark Philip Alger

    You may suggest, but I shall not comply.

    M