a late-night mind-@$%@

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov

This is one of my all-time favorite stories, and it’s short enough to be a quick distractor (only a few pages). Just felt like sharing it with you all.
Asimov himself considered it his best.

There’s a tiny amount of science relevant to the plot:

  • Entropy: In the context of this story, a measure of how close a system is to equilibrium (the system, in this case, is the entire universe). Technically, a measure of disorder.
  • 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: The entropy of the universe is always increasing

IMPORTANT: there’s a great, great ending. Scroll carefully so you DON’T READ THE LAST LINE TILL YOU GET TO IT

8 thoughts on “a late-night mind-@$%@

  1. Anonymous

    Oh god danzig why oh WHY did you put that last bit on. Now I feel compelled to scroll immediately to the last line. . . .

  2. Anonymous

    Oh god danzig why oh WHY did you put that last bit on. Now I feel compelled to scroll immediately to the last line. . . .

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