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Tinkoo said in July 6th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

That Baen book link is very good; guess I need to begin paying closer attention to Baens.

Also look for these stories in the book you link above: Campbell’s “Who Goes There?” & C L Moore’s “Shambleau”. Later is nowhere near Moore’s best (in fact, it’s her first published story), but may be the among the most interesting vampire variants I’ve seen.

Krishnan said in July 10th, 2008 at 6:26 am

Hi can you tell me if Nancy Kress’ celebrated short story Beggars in Spain is online anywhere ? I guess it was later expanded into novel length book.

Rusty said in July 11th, 2008 at 7:13 am

Krishnan, I am not aware of where to find Nancy Kress’s story. You could try any of the techniques I list in my article Nine Secrets For Finding Your Favorite Science Fiction Short Stories Online. Good luck with that, I’ve heard it is a great story!

Jim Harris said in July 16th, 2008 at 5:52 am

“The Cold Equations” is a classic for sure. It would be interesting to make a list of all the stories it has inspired. For example, “Think Like a Dinosaur” by James Patrick Kelly has a cold equation in it too. Every now and then I come across a story that uses that plot trick. Rusty, can you think of any more?

Thanks for the Baen link, I’ll head on over there.


Rusty said in July 16th, 2008 at 7:57 am


Off the top of my head I am not able to think of any other stories that were inspired by “The Cold Equations.” (That would make a great post though!) I will definitely check out “Think Like a Dinosaur”, however.

Perhaps some of our readers can help – does anybody else know of stories inspired by “The Cold Equations?”