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Bsides 24 – Answer

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:29 pm
by Algernon Sydney is Dead
Feature: Answer by Fredric Brown
Genres: Sci-Fi


Saturday, July 20th, 2013
He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe–ninety-six billion planets–into the supercircuit that would connect them all into the one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies…

Episode Art: Bo Kaier

Re: Bsides 24 – Answer

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:33 pm
by tbaker2500
Very reminiscent of Hitchhiker's Guide. Except lightning instead of 42.

Re: Bsides 24 – Answer

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:03 pm
by strawman
I expect ed a sendup of Azimov's Last Question. That , plus the shortness, made for a surprise ending.

Re: Bsides 24 – Answer

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:57 pm
by Beth Peters
Agree with both of you guys, I thought of the exact same two stories when I heard this again! This story was written before either of those however.

I remember we read it in a philosophy of religion class I had back in college (awesome teacher, he was always giving us great scifi to read and write about!) Douglas Adams' was actually writing a parody/hommage to this story when he wrote about 42.

This was a fun little nugget to show up on the Bsides feed one afternoon. Fredric Brown's other stuff is great as well, I'd highly recommend Martian's Go Home.

Re: Bsides 24 – Answer

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:46 am
by tbaker2500
Oh! Isn't that interesting. Thanks for the knowledge.

Re: Bsides 24 – Answer

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:10 am
by Algernon Sydney is Dead
Classic story that every lover of Sci-Fi or thought-provoking fiction should read (or hear) at least once.

I first read this story in the late 1960's and have remembered the gist ever since. (And, with luck, may live to see the start of the realization of this dream via the singularity).

Well worth hearing again.