The Last Question & The Last Answer
Isaac Asimov shouldn’t need any introduction. If you are a fan of sci-fi you are by then familiar with his work. I recently came across two shorts notes that he wrote in 1956 and 1980, revolving around the future of mankind.
They are two short stories, absolutely worth reading. I won’t add anything more because I don’t want to spoil them for you. I’ll just give you the two premises.
The Last Question
The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way.
The Last Answer
He was down there, sprawled, face contorted. He was up here, at peace and watching. […] And although that was a humiliating way for an atheistic physicist to die, he felt only the mildest surprise, and no alteration of the peace in which he was immersed.