This here is Harlan Ellison. Harlan writes fiction that will fuck your world up.
Trust me, you want your world fucked up.
Short Story: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison → requested by zerowiseman
109 years after the complete destruction of humanity, five survivors are the playthings of the super-computer AM, which harbors immeasurable hatred for them.
"Why doesn’t it just do us in and get it over with? Christ, I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this."
Okay, but the thing is, Zod is not at all a purely rational being, despite what fans are insisting; while it makes for great drama to show that he’s been warped by the eugenics that created him, making his only drive in life the survival of his species, he actually kills Jor-El in cold blood. Seriously. There was no reason to kill him at the moment, since Kal had already been launched into space and there was no way to stop what Jor had put into motion; it was, in fact, psychotic rage. And the same is true of his conviction to kill all the humans just to spite Kal. This is not a reasonable man; this is a man with a fuck-tonne of anger and spite in him.
So, if you propose that an actual, rational ending where everyone would win is Superman suggesting he go terraform Mars or another planet, and Zod saying, “Hey, that’s a really good idea! Everyone wins that way!” you weren’t watching the same movie I was. Because I rather think Zod’s reaction would be like, “FUCK YOU, YOU LITTLE SHIT! EVERYONE’S ABOUT TO DIE!”