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The Answer

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From the Golden Age of science fiction, here is H. Beam Piper's classic SF story "The Answer." (Originally appeared in the December, 1959 issue of the pulp magazine, "Fantastic Universe Science Fiction.")
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Bryn George
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was alright, well written.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't think this was such a good short story. It was a bit too short and left a lot of unanswered questions. Even the big question to which the story is named after isn't really answered. They end with a implication that it must be ____, but there is not real proof and quite a few other possibilities. Overall, this story failed to pull itself together. It seems like an idea someone didn't work to hard on.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Lee Richardson and Alexis Pitov, two nuclear scientists, are participating in a thermonuclear test involving a rocket and negamatter. The test is decidedly not a test to develop into weapons-grade materials. However, Pitov and Richardson cannot help but consider the fate of Auburn, NY fifteen years ago when the nuclear event shocked the world. It had to be the Soviets. But the Soviets thought it was the Americans. Maybe it was the Australians? This new experimental test provides the answer.
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The Answer is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by H. Beam Piper is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of H. Beam Piper then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

Sean Brennan
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Quite simply the danger of jumping to Conclusions!
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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An interesting, if slightly disturbing short sci-fi story looking at some of the worst parts of human nature.
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A good short science fiction story based around nuclear war and how presumptions can often be dangerous. Good sci fi ending.
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Henry Beam Piper was an American science fiction author. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of "Paratime" alternate history tales.
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