Almost a year ago, I wrote a short story in response to the famous 1954 science fiction story “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin, which reimagines the classic story as a crowdfunding campaign. I then posted the story to my blog.
That story is called “The Cold Crowdfunding Campaign” and got quite a lot of hits and comments at the time.
Fast forward a year and I suddenly noticed that “The Cold Crowdfunding Campaign” got a quite a few hits, more than an old blog post normally gets. So I investigated and saw that a kindly soul had added “The Cold Crowdfunding Campaign” to the 2021 Hugo Spreadsheet of Doom. Which is really awesome.
“The Cold Crowdfunding Campaign” is still available to read on this blog. However, if you’d rather read it as an e-book, you can now also get “The Cold Crowdfunding Campaign” as a free e-book in the format of your choice at StoryOrigins. It even has a pretty cover now, courtesy of Luca Oleastri.
“The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin, winner of the 1955 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, is one of the most influential science fiction stories of all times and has inspired countless responses and rebuttals, mostly to avert the infamous tragic ending.
This story reimagines “The Cold Equations” in the form of a crowdfunding campaign. Will Captain Barton raise enough credits to refuel his emergency dispatch ship in time? Or is eighteen-year-old Marilyn Cross, who stowed away aboard Barton’s ship, doomed and will have to take a trip out of the airlock without a spacesuit?
Any similarities to persons living or dead are entirely intentional.