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from start to finish. The Cold Equations requires some very implausible
assumptions. For example that the vessel they have such tight tolerances
with no margin for error, that the addition of a hundred pounds of girl
will cause an unavoidable crash, and yet have the spare space that she
can actually hide herself on board a one person vessel. Further it can't
have instrumentation fine tuned enough to notice the impact on the
vessel acceleration as it launches, and yet have that instrumentation be
good enough to reliably make landings. And it requires someone on board
a ship with such tight tolerances to never have been educated in just
how narrow the margins for error are. Cold Equations sacrifices
believability to make its point.
The Marching Morons by Cyril M. Kornbluth. A small group of technocrats
are convinced to kill most of Earth's mentally handicapped population in
an elaborate and expensive manner in an Idiocracy situation.
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula Leguin. Somehow a city is
kept a paradise by brutally neglecting a single small child. The only
choice the inhabitants have is accept that or just leave. No third option. -
First Contact By Murray Leinster creates a a problem between two ships
which only exists because inexplicably if one of them leaves to go home
the other can track them back home but for some reason they can't detect
that they are being followed. Also apparently neither of them have ever
established an outpost or colony they could go to instead of their home
world. The result is an entirely artificial dilemma.