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Lt. John Barton is sent on a special mission to deliver a special vaccine to a distant mining colony. He is infuriated to find Lee, a stowaway aboard his spacecraft. Barton has only enough fuel to carry himself and his precious cargo, and Lee's added weight insures that they will crash if she stays on board. They have gone too far to turn back, and Barton's superiors make it clear: the mission takes precedence and Lee has to be dumped into space. But she won't go quietly. Written by Allen Brown <>

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Emergency in Space - Notfall im All  »

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Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: So what are you gonna do?
Lt. John Barton: Ask for help.
Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: Don't be stupid. They're not gonna help. You're kind of stuck with me.
Lt. John Barton: Stupid? I'm being stupid? You have no idea what's happening.
Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: Yes I do. I'm here and it's against the rules and don't be such a pain. I said I'd pay the fine.
Lt. John Barton: There is no fine. It's more serious than that!
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Not bad, but a spurious subplot detracts...
4 November 2000 | by (Edmonton, AB) – See all my reviews

Nice to see a show that sticks pretty closely to the original story -- one of Ben Bova's discoveries when he took over at Analog from John Campbell, if I remember rightly.

However, I recall that the original story did not have the odd subplot about the corporation and the fungus quite the way the movie showed it. This seems to be a by-product of the times in which the film was made, when there had to be a "bad guy" to blame. (Other comments here are more harsh about the story treatment, perhaps with cause, but it's very difficult to turn most short stories into films -- take a look at "Enemy Mine" for example.)

The printed story in this case had more pathos, because of the implacability of the Cold Equations -- simple laws of physics and nature that none of the characters could overcome. No corporation needs to be blamed; the story tells clearly of the danger of innocence and naivety in the face of a universe which neither knows of nor heeds the actions of puny individual human beings.

When I first read the story, it was very reminiscent of Robert Heinlein (two of his lunar stories) and Arthur C. Clarke. Worth looking up -- I don't know if it's been anthologized, but the original was published in the early 70s in Analog.

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