[EVA] Yui & the only neat thing to do in the End

ObsessiveMathsFreak obsessivemathsfreak at obsessivemathsfreak.org
Mon Dec 14 17:08:38 EST 2009



Gwern Branwen wrote:
>> The tentative title for episode 26, in the first drafts of the overall story, was "Tatta Hitotsu no, Saeta Yarikata". "Tatta Hitotsu no Saeta Yarikata" is the Japanese title of "the Only Neat Thing to Do" by James Tiptree Jr.
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> <http://eva.onegeek.org/pipermail/oldeva/2001-March/039361.html>
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>> 'Alice Sheldon, writing as James Tiptree Jr., wrote a clear lineal descendant of "The Cold Equations," called "The Only Neat Thing to Do", (not available online) in 1985. The 1950s had made way for the 1980s and in this story the young female protagonist makes the decision for herself. The situation is somewhat different; she is alone in a spaceship with a parasitical alien that could be a danger to her world if she returns, so she does the "only neat thing" by heading outward forever, in effect committing suicide by eventual diminution of resources. As Godwin did, Tiptree stacked the deck to make only one neat thing available to her protagonist.'
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> <http://www.strangehorizons.com/2005/20050919/notkin-c.shtml>
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> The parallel is obvious, but how, exactly? Perhaps the pilot is Yui
> and the parasite is an Eva with S2 engine...
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There are probably multiple interpretations for the parasite and the 
pilot. However, I note here that the final episode working title may 
well have had a connection to suicide, however abstract.


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