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#308617 - 09/24/18 11:11 PM Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954)
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Answer, by Fredric Brown, is a science fiction short story first published in 1954. Since the complete text appears on the Internet in several places, I'm assuming that it's in the public domain.

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Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.

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 one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies.

Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions. Then after a moment's silence he said, "Now, Dwar Ev."

Dwar Ev threw the switch. There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets. Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel.

Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath. "The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn."

"Thank you," said Dwar Reyn. "It shall be a question which no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer."

He turned to face the machine. "Is there a God?"

The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.

"Yes, now there is a God."

Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev. He leaped to grab the switch.

A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.


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#308637 - 09/25/18 10:52 PM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Golem]
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Was that the entire story?
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#308638 - 09/25/18 11:45 PM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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Originally Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas
Was that the entire story?

Oh, Gawd!
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#308640 - 09/26/18 12:04 AM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: logtroll]
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Originally Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas
Was that the entire story?

Oh, Gawd!


Yes. Fredric Brown was one of the greats. He was also quite wacky and was famous for short short stories.

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#308644 - 09/26/18 06:41 AM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Golem]
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#308658 - 09/26/18 05:40 PM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Golem]
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I wondered if he was also the author of that very short story called "A Niche In Time". About a man named Morty Stein who robs a bank but avoids jail by using his time machine to go beyond the statute of limitations. The judge ruled that "a niche in time saves Stein".
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#308659 - 09/26/18 05:52 PM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Greger]
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#308663 - 09/26/18 06:58 PM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Golem]
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GROANNNnnnn rolleyes


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#308664 - 09/26/18 07:54 PM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Greger]
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I wondered if he was also the author of that very short story called "A Niche In Time". About a man named Morty Stein who robs a bank but avoids jail by using his time machine to go beyond the statute of limitations. The judge ruled that "a niche in time saves Stein".

I actually read that decades ago. ROTFMOL

Asimov is apparently the author, BTW.

https://mcguich.weebly.com/uploads/5/8/0/8/580861/lointofpaw.pdf

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#308669 - 09/27/18 12:10 AM Re: Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954) [Re: Golem]
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Decades ago? At least half a century for me. I never forgot the story. I hoped to find it online somewhere. There were a few mentions but I couldn't even figure out who the author was.
Doesn't surprise me that it was Asimov.
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