This is the best science fiction short story ever written (you might disagree, that’s ok, I never claim to be an expert in sci-fi). A linear storyline, with a patient buildup spanning trillions of years…and then BAM! before you realize it the ending jumps on you hard like a hyena on wildebeest.
Those of you (like me) who do not read science fiction, don’t get turned off by the futuristic mumbo jumbo. The storyline is quite simple, you don’t need a nuclear physics background or a nerdy disposition to “get” the story.
Asimov, possibly the best science fiction writer ever, and certainly the most prolific, said that The Last Question is the finest story he had ever written.
The Last Question
by Isaac Asimov
The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way:
Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. As well as any human beings could, they knew what lay behind the cold, clicking, flashing face — miles and miles of face — of that giant computer. They had at least a vague notion of the general plan of relays and circuits that had long since grown past the point where any single human could possibly have a firm grasp of the whole.
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