Tom Godwin

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Tom Godwin (January 1, 1915–January 1, 1980) was an American science fiction author. Godwin published three novels and twenty seven short stories. His controversial hard SF short story "The Cold Equations" is a notable example of the mid-1950s science fiction genre.



Ragnarok series:


  • Beyond Another Sun (Curtis, 1971)

Short stories[edit]

Godwin's "No Species Alone", despite being cover-featured on the July 1954 issue of Universe Science Fiction, was not published until the November issue
  • "The Gulf Between" in Astounding, October 1953
  • "Mother of Invention" in Astounding, December 1953
  • "The Greater Thing" in Astounding, February 1954
  • "The Cold Equations" in Astounding, August 1954
  • "No Species Alone" in Universe, November 1954
  • "You Created Us" in Fantastic Universe, October 1955
  • "The Barbarians" in If, December 1955
  • "Operation Opera" in Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1956
  • "Brain Teaser" in If, October 1956
  • "Too Soon to Die" (basis for his novel The Survivors) in Venture, July 1957
  • "The Harvest" in Venture, July 1957
  • "The Last Victory" in If, August 1957
  • "The Nothing Equation" in Amazing, December 1957
  • "The Wild Ones" in Science Fiction Stories, January 1958
  • "My Brother" The Ape" in Amazing, January 1958
  • "Cry From a Far Planet" in Amazing, September 1958
  • "A Place Beyond the Stars" in Super Science Fiction, February 1959
  • "Empathy" in Fantastic, October 1959
  • "The Helpful Hand of God" in Analog, December 1961
  • "...and Devious the Line of Duty" in Analog, December 1962
  • "Desert Execution" in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, July 1967
  • "The Gentle Captive" in the original story anthology Signs and Wonders (1972)
  • "We'll Walk Again the Moonlight" in the anthology Crisis (1974)
  • "Backfire" in Ed McBaines 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine, April 1975
  • "The Steel Guardian" in Antaeus, Spring/Summer 1977
  • "Social Blunder" in Amazing, July 1977
  • "Before Willows Ever Walked" in Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 1980


The following stories are collected in the book The Cold Equations & Other Stories ed. Eric Flint (Baen Books, 2004):

  • "The Survivors" • novel
  • "The Harvest" • shortstory
  • "Brain Teaser" • shortstory
  • "Mother of Invention" • novella
  • "...and Devious the Line of Duty" • novelette
  • "Empathy" • novelette
  • "No Species Alone" • novelette
  • "The Gulf Between" • novella
  • "The Cold Equations" • novelette

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