lotus

previous page: 5.6 There's this really neat story by Isaac Asimov which I would like toread again, and I can remember the title; could you tell me where tofind it?
  
page up: Isaac Asimov FAQ
  
next page: 5.8 I'd like to hear some opinions about some of Isaac Asimov's books. Do you have any?

5.7 There's this really neat story by Isaac Asimov, but I can't remember the title...




Description

This article is from the Isaac Asimov FAQ, by Edward J. Seiler ejseiler@earthlink.net and John H. Jenkins jenkins@mac.com with numerous contributions by others.

5.7 There's this really neat story by Isaac Asimov, but I can't remember the title...

The story is probably "The Last Question." It can be found in a number of
Asimov's anthologies (it was his favorite of his own stories, after all):

Nine Tomorrows
Opus 100
The Best of Isaac Asimov
The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov
Robot Dreams
The Complete Stories , volume 1
The Asimov Chronicles

It is also found in a number of anthologies *not* consisting entirely of
stories by Asimov:

3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction , L. Sprague DeCamp, ed.
Lothrop, 1972
Space Opera , Brian W. Aldiss, ed. Doubleday, 1975
The Science Fiction Roll of Honor , Frederik Pohl, ed. Random House,
1975, pp. 35-49
The Future in Question , Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Joseph D.
Olander, eds. Fawcett Crest, 1980, pp. 368-381
Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 18 (1956) , Isaac Asimov and
Martin H. Greenberg, eds. DAW, 1988, pp. 286-299
Cosmic Critiques , Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg, eds. Writer's
Digest Books, 1990, pp. 111-122

(Publication information for Asimov's stories can most easily be found in
Ed Seiler's exhaustive story list at
<http://www.clark.net/pub/edseiler/WWW/short story list.html>.)

There is a mathematical possibility that you're thinking of a story other
than "The Last Question", but it's *very* slight. Asimov's own experience
was that if someone couldn't remember the title of one of his stories (and
especially if they weren't entirely sure if it was by him), then it was
"The Last Question." But just in case, here are some of the stories with
titles that often aren't remembered as well as the plot:

"The Last Question" concerns the fate of the universe, when a computer is
asked several times through the ages if entropy can ever be reversed.

"The Feeling of Power" describes a time in the future, when a young man
amazes everyone with his ability to perform mathematical computations in
his head, instead of relying on computers like everyone else does.

"Profession" is about a boy who is brought to a house for the
feeble-minded after tests show that he is abnormal, because unlike the
others, who are all educated by machines and have their professions chosen
for them, he is capable of original thinking.

 

Continue to:













TOP
previous page: 5.6 There's this really neat story by Isaac Asimov which I would like toread again, and I can remember the title; could you tell me where tofind it?
  
page up: Isaac Asimov FAQ
  
next page: 5.8 I'd like to hear some opinions about some of Isaac Asimov's books. Do you have any?