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Last Question, the (1956) [Short Story]
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Series: Multivac

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Multivac was the computer that controlled the entire planet. Alexander Adell, and Bertram Lupov asked it the Last Question on May 21, 2061. "How can entropy be reversed." Multivac replied, "There is insufficient data at this time to present a meaningful answer."

The Last Question would be asked many times over the uncountable years, by men, by women, and finally, by Man, when Multivac was a computer whose workings and dimensions were beyond the comprehension of all beings but Multivac itself. Data had to be correlated in all possible configurations. At the End, it would perhaps have an answer.

Originally published in Science Fiction Quarterly, November 1956.

Original title: The Last Question
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience FictionWorld VersionsEnd Times

This work is a subwork of the following works :
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     Future in Question, the (1980) [Anthology]
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     Edge of Tomorrow, the (1985) [Collection]
      Author: Isaac Asimov
     Robot Dreams (1986) [Collection]
      Author: Isaac Asimov
     Complete Stories: Volume 1, the (1990) [Collection]
      Author: Isaac Asimov
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart
     Bangs And Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World (1999) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Neil Gaiman , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Robert A. Heinlein , Frederik Pohl , John Varley , James Tiptree, Jr. , Robert Reed , Robert Sheckley , Robert Silverberg , J. G. Ballard , Connie Willis , James Thurber , Frank L. Pollock , Howard Fast , Richard Kadrey , Walter Van Tilburg Clark , C.C. Shackleton
     World Turned Upside Down, the (2004) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Isaac Asimov , Robert A. Heinlein , Michael Shaara , Poul Anderson , L. Sprague de Camp , A.E. van Vogt , Jack Vance , Fritz Leiber , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Keith Laumer , Murray Leinster , Robert Sheckley , Theodore Sturgeon , Gordon R. Dickson , Wyman Guin , H. Beam Piper , Christopher Anvil , Fredric Brown , Tom Godwin , John W. Campbell , James H. Schmitz , Ross Rocklynne , Chester S. Geier , P. Schuyler Miller , Rick Raphael , Lee Gregor , Robert Ernest Gilbert

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