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The Nothing Equation [Sci Fi Classic]

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The cruiser vanished back into hyperspace and he was alone in the observation bubble, ten thousand lightyears beyond the galaxy's outermost sun. He looked out the windows at the gigantic sea of emptiness around him and wondered again what the danger had been that had so terrified the men before him.

Of one thing he was already certain; he would find that nothing was waiting
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Published (first published December 1957)
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Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it liked it
Shelves: pg
This 1957 story reflects the fears of what men might encounter alone in outer space. A replacement attendant is sent 10,000 light-years beyond the edge of the galaxy for a six month stretch in an Observation Bubble. A posting in which both previous attendants met with disaster, although nothing could be found that caused the traumas. And this time? What happens to our unnamed hero? What is the threat? What could possibly go wrong? Why nothing, of course. Or is that Nothing?

A deceptively simple s
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Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Jul 23, 2014 Viji (Bookish endeavors) rated it liked it
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Nothing frightened him so much as the danger outside. The danger of Nothing coming inside breaking the walls of the bubble. That's what he was afraid of-Nothing.
This is the story of a man going insane between 'it may' and 'what if'. He,like the previous ones in his place,is frightened by the possibility of the accident and brings that possibility into his mental world so much that he gets confused between reality and imagination. The story talks of the advanced world as much as of the human mind
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Saahil Singh
Dec 12, 2014 Saahil Singh rated it it was amazing
Brilliance, utter brilliance
Read this drinking wine, went badshit crazy almost
Ralph McEwen
A interesting short story.
The story is told in a narrative style.

The narrator is well spoken, his voice is clear and easy to listen to.
The recording good is clean with out any background noises. There plenty of volume. The editing is seamless.
Brian Lewis
Apr 08, 2016 Brian Lewis rated it liked it
Pretty good story. I found it to be a bit straight-forward. I really wanted more of a surprise, but the story was more concerned with twisting perceptions than exploring anything new.

Still, it was quick, and enjoyable.
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Nov 20, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
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A strange tale depicting the effects of working alone in space for prolonged periods alone. Though all physical aspects of the space ships were checked and only the best operators chosen, still something was occuring up there in space that no one could comprehend.....
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Tom Godwin (1915–1980) was a science fiction author. Godwin published three novels and thirty short stories. His controversial hard SF short story "The Cold Equations" is a notable in the mid-1950s science fiction genre. He also had three novels published, but these stayed more firmly in John W. Campbell's preferred styles and are less notable. Graduated from Bay Village High School in Bay ...more
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