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Tom Godwin was a writer in the 1950's american science fiction magazine field. He wrote stories typical of the style of that time, in which humans in peril solved engineering problems to deal with the matter at hand.
The bulk of this collection contains stories of that kind. Most are good, if not particularly memorable.
It also has a short novel called the survivors, in which humans marooned on a hostile world by evil aliens have to try and survive and find out how to get revenge. This is a great little book, tough and uncompromising in it's depiction of the situation.
But the high point of this collection, and the story on which godwin's reputation rests, is the cold equations. A very famous bit of work, I came to read it already knowing how it would end, but that didn't lessen the impact of the tale one little bit.
So the middle of this volume is average, but for the survivors and the cold equations, it's more than worth it
on 29 August 2014
Do not be put off by the sexist 70s cover of this book. Nowhere in the stories is there a scantily clad warrior woman. Instead I enjoyed all of the stories which are well written, suspenseful with a very human element. I originally read the short novel, "Survivors" in another compilation of sci fi stories, and bought this book as a result. Tom Godwin portrays his worlds as stark and unforgiving frontiers, and his characters as pioneers. Each story draws the reader in, and has a moral dilemma at it's core. I really enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it.