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Finis (1906) [Short Story]
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Since the Moon revolves around the Earth, the Earth and planets around the sun, (and though Pollack didn't know it for sure at the time) the solar system around the galactic center, the astronomers in "Finis" are certain that the entire universe as a whole must revolve around a certain gigantic body -- the size and power of which must defy the feverish dreams of even the wildest imagination. The only thing preventing mankind from seeing it must then be the immense distance of the body from Earth. Therefore it is only a matter of some unknown time before its emanations finally reach Earth.

Scientists have finally managed to calculate exactly how far this body must be from Earth, and at the start of "Finis", it's due for its first appearance.

Published in Argosy (June 1906). Reprinted in

  • Science Fiction by Gaslight: a history and anthology of science fiction in the popular magazines, 1891 - 1911
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • The Mammoth Book of Science Fiction

Original title: Finis
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience FictionBleak Futures

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz
     Mammoth Book of Science Fiction, the (2002) [Anthology]
      Authors: Peter F. Hamilton , Philip K. Dick , Brian W. Aldiss , Kim Stanley Robinson , Keith Roberts , Stephen Baxter , Eric Brown , Greg Egan , Clifford D. Simak , Damon Knight , Eric Frank Russell , Robert Reed , Robert Sheckley , Michael Swanwick , Connie Willis , Frank L. Pollock , Mark Clifton , John Morressy , Geoffrey A. Landis , Colin Kapp , George C. Wallis , H. Chandler Elliott

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