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The Last Question Answered

Well, upon my wonderings today i came across this, a short story by Isaac Asimov.

The Last Question

For a short story, (about 20min - 1 hour read) i found it was pretty good. Most of us are familiar with Isaac Asimov for his three robotic laws. For any sci-fi fan, this is a must read. Im now looking into some more of his writings.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

More "last questions":

  • I wonder what that mushroom tastes like?
  • What happens when I stir these together?
  • What lives in this cave?
  • Is that wire live?
  • What does this button do?
  • Is it loaded?
  • How long can I hold my breath?
  • Does it bite?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

"What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?" especially if you ask Adrian :-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

(Andy just revived this topic, and I saw this post and thought... I wonder how many members remember Adrian...?)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

I do!! What a jerk. Sheesh. Good thing Adrian's not around anymore. I couldn't stand that user. 

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 10 years ago

 I was happy when I heard she left.  Adrian Monk annoyed the heck out of me.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

I hated that little huzzy.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 10 years ago

 She was always gettin' in my bizzness.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 10 years ago

Dispite her many many downfalls, she did have some great points like....erm ...
you know she was always great at... that thing.... where...

Well either way, theres that new Sodium Snow chick hanging around now...

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 10 years ago

 I'm not sure about that Selenium Sleet girl.  She's a little fishy.  Like she has a hidden identity.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, it's pretty weird. Almost as though she knew more than she told. Not as bad as Adrian though.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

"Hold my beer for a second..."

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

I think that she is trying to maintain some standards around here, while also infusing everyone with ~~an addiction~~ a longing for Okra.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Hahaha...

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

And there's always the converse question....What's a girl like you doing in a nice place like this? >ba-da-bing<

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago

I spent over a million quid today....
Have you read any of HG Welles short stories?

L

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AndyGadget
AndyGadget

10 years ago

I just saw your post in the related items.
HERE'S my take on The Last Question.

Asimov is well worth reading.  I love well-written short SF stories and Asimov's Robot stories are some of the best. 

For an epic read, get hold of the 'Foundation' series.  Takes a while to get established as I'm sure it was only meant to be one story to start with, but well worth it.

I watched the film 'I Robot' again last night.  OK, it's been given the Hollywood treatment, but the overall premise is surprisingly close to the spirit of the Foundation books. 

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whatsisface
whatsisface

11 years ago

Ooh, I'll see if stanza has it and download it asap.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

The link takes you to it..

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, but stanza is the app I use for reading books on my ipod touch. It has online libraries which come pre-formatted for it.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

fellow ipod touch user *salutes*

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

Sweet! Do you have Jellycar? It's my favourite app so far :D

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Yes i do! i love it, also check out - Venger, and Space Deadbeef Both great flying shooting space ship games. Venger do a 'lite' version, and S.DB is free.

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

Reply 11 years ago

its stupid

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

11 years ago

Shall read!

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 11 years ago

What a terribly unusual website!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Isn't it just?

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 11 years ago

Indeed

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

I couldn't resist archiving that story as a PDF. (I added the URL to the footer to credit its source).

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, i kno he did alot more than sci-fi, i just thought this is a great story for any sci-fi fan. Plus this thinking was way ahead of its time - especially with all the eco stuff nowadays.