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The Last Answer

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A short follow-up to 'The Last Question' by Asimov.
8 pages
Published January 1980
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Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
فکر کن یک میلیارد سال زندگی کردی. نه، چی می گم، فکر کن هزار میلیارد سال زندگی کردی. فکر کن بی نهایت سال، تمام ابدیت رو ثانیه به ثانیه، لحظه به لحظه زندگی کردی، و با این وجود هنوز میلیاردها و میلیاردها و میلیاردها سال در پیش روته. زندگی ای که هرگز تموم نمی شه.
اگه یک چیز بخوای، اگه فقط یک چیز از این زندگیِ تموم ناشدنی بخوای، چیه؟

دانشمندی می میره، با خدا رو به رو میشه، و تازه پی می بره این موجود ابدی، برای چی جهان رو خلق کرده...

آسیموف اطلاعات زیادی در مورد عهد عتیق و کلاً امور دینی داره (یک تفس
Feb 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I erringly assumed that Asimov's The Last Answer must be a follow up to his brilliant short, The Last Question, and though these stories both share a similar theme, they are distinctly opposites, in both plot, structure, and also in artistry. Whereas The Last Question is engrossing and profound, this short is dull and uninspired.

The writing here was more tedious to get through, and also lacked any surprise, suspense, or excitement to make it quantifiably interesting.
César Bustíos
"Aunque lo supiera todo —dijo la Voz—, no podría saber que lo sé todo."

Un físico ateo muere y es recibido por un ser de conocimiento infinito que se hace llamar la Voz y con el cual entabla una conversación.

Como muchos, tenía la esperanza de que este otro relato corto de Asimov tuviera relación con La última pregunta y que, de paso, sea igual de bueno. Tal vez lo único que compartan estos dos relatos es el tema filosófico. Vale la pena leerlo.

Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Asimov uhvaćen u dobrom raspoloženju, mali draguljčić stotinjak riječi.

Svaka peta rečenica zanimljiv citat.

Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
بسیار ایده جالبی بود درباره زندگی پس از مرگ.
David Lutkins
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Not nearly as interesting or as well written as The Last Question. Still worth reading though, as is anything by Asimov.
Maggie Gordon
Not quite as good The Last Question, but Asimov's The Last Answer is still an enjoyable thought piece about eternity and human will. If you've got an eternity to do nothing but think, might as well use that time to try and screw someone else over, right? Oh humanity :)
Vanya Grivova
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Asimov made me think over the paradox of God and the possibilities of an endless meaningless existence in just 8 pages. Great work, Asimov I am going to lose some sleep over your stories.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
not as great as the last question but still a great read
Oh Im a philosophy noob.:-/
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This review will obviously have spoilers. Its a short story, its impossible not to have spoilers!

The Last Answer by Isaac Asimov is about a man who dies and moves on to an eternal existance. Is he now in heaven or hell? We don't know. What we do know is that there is another being there known as the "Voice". The whole story is based around the dialogue between the Voice and our protagonist, Murray Templeton.

Similar to The Last Question, Asimov, through the dialogue between the Voice and Murray,
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
واو. واو. اصلا محشر.
انتظار داشتم یه مشت داستان کوتاه کسل کننده ببینم ولی از همون اول کتاب جذب شدم تا آخرش.
بعد هر داستان می گفتم خب بذارم کنار برم بقیشو بعد بخونم ولی از همون صفحه اول داستان بعدی دوباره کشیده می شدم.
در کل کتاب محشری بود. پر از خلاقیت.
آدم بعد از خوندنش تازه می فهمه یه سری خزعبلات تو ذهنش در واقع داستان علمی تخیلی ان :D
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story
I really enjoyed "The Last Question" by Asimov, but I feel "The Last Answer" is lacking in the cleverness and originality that made "The Last Question" really enjoyable for me. I don't believe this short story is necessarily bad, but I feel that I was tricked into believing this short story would resemble or be as good as "The Last Question" because of the similar titles.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The ultimate goal
a special version of hell
thinking forever.
Nicolás Mendoza.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Creo que es el cuento más corto que he leído en mi vida, pensé que sería algo similar a "La última pregunta"; "La última pregunta" me gustó mucho. Este no me ha gustado tanto y justo se termina cuando empezaba a emocionarme. Demasiado breve/"inconcluso".


- ¿ y sin embargo eres uno ?
- ...
- Buscas atraparme en una contradicción, Si tú fueras una ameba que puede considerarse individualidad únicamente en conexión con las células individuales, y tuvieras que preguntarle a un cachalote, hech
Abigail Advincula
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brief deliberation on the concept of eternity. For some, life's value is derived from its limited quantity. With that no longer being a limiting factor, from whence does life or consciousness derive meaning? The Last Answer draws a surprising conclusion to this question.
Javier Cortes Perez
Uno de los mejores relatos de Asimov
Gia Jgarkava
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This could be much more interesting story if The Last Question have not existed. So to anybody who have not read this and that, I highly recommend first to read the answer and only then the question.
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another quick must-read.

Read also, The Last Question

#RantToSelf - Why am I not reading more Asimov !?!
Started and ended with "purpose" and was "contented".

From the known to the not-yet known!
Goda Butkutė
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is in no way a bad story, however, since it was presented here as kind of a "sequel" to The Last Question, which I just recently read and enjoyed greatly, I expected that it was just that.
However I have my doubts to whether the two stories are related very much. You can draw that conclusion I guess, sine the LQ left a lot to the imagination and the reader can draw paralles and connect the two stories, but they are not really on par with each other and also, they would do perfectly well as
Abhishek Mishra
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The injustice to this story is in its title. Do not put it in the same spot as The Last Question. Appreciate the difference of plots, messages and arguments in the two stories, and overlook the seemingly trivial similarity in their titles.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting short read that was very thought provoking.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, sci-fi
I greatly enjoy this story as an 'alternative' view to The Last Question, It's an easy read which raises interesting questions about life and the nature of god (if such a thing were to be real).
Brenna Loreto
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
congratulations u played urself
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Smart and short, breivety is the soul of wit and asimov proves it once again
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"The Final Question" should be read first. Both stories are expertly told and thought-provoking.
Sergio Junior
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A última resposta e a A última pergunta são os melhores contos que já li do Asimov.
Aaron Toponce
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hmm, this short story wasn't as exciting as The Last Question. It deals much more with the metaphysical and philosophical, and kind of makes some assumptions about God and Man. There are some logical paradoxes presented, such as God not being able to comprehend its beginning nor end, given the constant of infinity. As a whole, I found it lacking in the creative department, although it was still a good read.

To me, this short story felt like the movie Taken with Liam Neeson. In Taken, Bryan Mills'
Joe McClure
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Asimov briefly considers the possibility of a higher power, what they might want, and why they might create humanity. Philosophically nebulous, but well-written.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine o
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