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"It's well established now that the way you put a question often determines not only the answer you'll get, but the type of answer possible. So ... a mechanical answerer, geared to produce the ultimate revelations in reference to anything you want to know, might have unsuspected limitations."-From Ask A Foolish Question
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Published October 11th 2010 (first published 1953)
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Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it liked it
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A bout of insomnia is the perfect time to read a few short short stories. This one introduces us to The Answerer, who is designed to answer all questions. Or is it? Only The Answerer knows for certain. But will it tell us?
Jul 30, 2013 Ron rated it liked it
So short it seems a shame to review it.

Classic--in both senses--early science fiction. Mostly set up for a single gag, pun or punch line. If I told which, it'd be a spoiler.

A good read.
An entertaining short story which was well written. As an audio book narrated by Bellona Times, I enjoyed it, but found it a little difficult to follow

The last sentence I thought was brilliant: "In order to ask a question you must already know most of the answer."

This is a great audio book to listen too especially it is free to the public via LibriVox.
Nik Kane
Jun 28, 2015 Nik Kane rated it really liked it
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I think Answerer probably would've gotten his innards kicked out by some frustrated truth-seeker a long time ago.
Sintija Valucka
Nov 01, 2013 Sintija Valucka rated it liked it
Short and a bit weird!!! :)
But the last sentence was great: "In order to ask a question you must already know most of the answer."
Apr 18, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
Short but nice. Sure seems like Douglas Adams was influenced by this when he wrote Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe.
Feb 23, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another free story from Gutenberg - this one dating from 1953. I'm not big on the premise, but the aliens sure are alien - big props to the authour for both them and the aliens being interesting.
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One of science fiction's great humorists, Sheckley was a prolific short story writer beginning in 1952 with titles including "Specialist", "Pilgrimage to Earth", "Warm", "The Prize of Peril", and "Seventh Victim", collected in volumes from Untouched by Human Hands (1954) to Is That What People Do? (1984) and a five-volume set of Collected Stories (1991). His first novel, Immortality, Inc. (1958), ...more
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