This is the first short story I’ve read this year, and it has become one of my favorites ever. It’s unbelievably good and I can’t believe it took me so long to finally read it. Here’s what Isaac Asimov has to say about it:
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 l 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.
The Last Question is a wonderful short story. It’s a bit hard to get into if you’re not familiar with science concepts because it seems like it’s loaded with technical witchery, but stick around for the 15 minutes required to read this and let me know what you think.
Personally, it’s a wonderful and fascinating read. Short and sweet but without failing to capture the immense power of what science can do. Thought-provoking and fun – this is what science fiction truly is about.
You can read the entire story here.