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“The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov wrote over 500 books in his lifetime, so it’s even more significant for such a prolific author to point to one particular short story as his favorite.

I experienced a genuine “wow” moment after reading the ending. Here’s what Asimov himself had to say about the story:

This is by far my favorite story of all those I have written.

After all, I undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short story and I leave it to you as to how well I succeeded. I also undertook another task, but I won’t tell you what that was lest I spoil the story for you.

It is a curious fact that innumerable readers have asked me if I wrote this story. They seem never to remember the title of the story or (for sure) the author, except for the vague thought it might be me. But, of course, they never forget the story itself especially the ending. The idea seems to drown out everything — and I’m satisfied that it should.

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September 2, 2007 Posted by | Philosophy | 1 Comment