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06 September 2019 @ 08:05 am
Why fiction is not a guide to life  
Cory Doctorow on cold equations and lifeboat rules [Locus]
Elenbarathi: Jessadriel_2016elenbarathi on September 6th, 2019 02:47 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I always thought there was something profoundly fucked-up about 'The Cold Equations' - who the hell builds spaceships with absolutely zero margin for error? Don't they LOSE a lot of them to Murphy's Law? Why isn't that way more expensive than putting in reserve fuel tanks, extra pressure suits, some kind of lifeboat, an auto-pilot? Why are any pilots willing to fly these rudimentary death-traps in the first place? The story was supposed to be about Logic, but the whole set-up was illogical.

Farnham's Freehold just openly sucked out loud. It's nigh fifty years since I read it (only once!) and I don't recall much, except that it was a sort of cautionary tale about why, if there's some sort of disaster, you should never, ever take shelter with your crazy gun-packin' neighbor who thinks he's In Charge. Good to know!

Edited at 2019-09-06 02:48 pm (UTC)