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Title: VERY good short story
Post by: Aybraus on January 30, 2007, 01:38:42 pm
http://infohost.nmt.edu/~mlindsey/asimov/question.htm
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Tesla on January 30, 2007, 01:58:38 pm
I would have to say that is the most well thought out story I have ever read.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Gungnir on January 30, 2007, 02:03:55 pm
I have that story...really good. I like a lot of his short stories.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: PHI-1618 on January 31, 2007, 02:44:00 am
I have that story as well. I agree with Asimov, it's the best story he ever wrote.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Krakow Sam on January 31, 2007, 07:07:17 am
Considering how much faster computers are progressing in comparison to MULTIVAC, perhaps entropy could be reversed before the death of the universe and the fusion of the human conciousness with the machine.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Aybraus on January 31, 2007, 08:09:36 am
Oh, no.  Technological singularity will come extremely quickly.
I foresee an Assimilation Cube within the next century.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Danzik on February 03, 2007, 01:30:49 pm
I was just about to make a post about this story also.

Probably one of my favorites...
This gives me an idea for a new thread...
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: HolsteinCow on February 03, 2007, 04:32:58 pm
This one's ten times better:

http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/SF-Archives/Misc/Eye_Of_The_Argon
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Cool AN on February 04, 2007, 03:02:11 am
Asimov was the man!
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Khaz-Rhoz-Zek on February 04, 2007, 11:33:46 pm
Oh, no.  Technological singularity will come extremely quickly.

I welcome it.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: PHI-1618 on February 05, 2007, 12:04:56 pm
This one's ten times better:

http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/SF-Archives/Misc/Eye_Of_The_Argon

tl;dr: But I will later though. I've heard of the story, so that tells me there has to be something to it. I don't often get people mentioning short stories to me as must-read events.

EDIT: Well, crap. Now I know why they mentioned in such hushed tones -- it's friggin' awful!
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: HanianKnight on February 18, 2007, 03:10:22 pm
psh, short my ass. If I can't read it all within a three minute span then I will not consider it a short story. It was a medium story :P .
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Samog on March 03, 2007, 11:18:57 pm
Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of
hell, barbarian
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Gungnir on March 04, 2007, 04:03:45 pm
http://books.google.com/books?id=pUhIQlp6EAwC&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=%22last+night+i+dreamed%22+said+%22lvx+1%22+calmly&source=web&ots=-OGurS_gbM&sig=Gz6cK0kW6sY9Qne-5bhxd9xBues#PPA29,M1
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: /lurk on March 05, 2007, 10:55:23 am
Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of
hell, barbarian

"Aye!  The ways of our civilization are in many ways warped
and distorted, but what is your calling," she queried, bustily?
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: stuck on March 12, 2007, 07:10:41 pm
I'll see if I can find a link to one of my favorite short stories. It's called Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut.

http://instruct.westvalley.edu/lafave/hb.html (http://instruct.westvalley.edu/lafave/hb.html)

EDIT: After you read, you can notice a lot of little nuances the arthour put in. For example: the main characters only talk in "said's".
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Tesla on March 13, 2007, 02:46:46 pm
That was sad, but also pretty funny.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Gungnir on March 14, 2007, 05:19:55 pm
that was actually really sad..and I thought that the guy might actually have a chance..ah well.


Oh, i like "Breeds there a man...?" by Asimov as well.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Aybraus on March 18, 2007, 07:44:26 pm
I read that one before.  Didn't know it was Vonnegut.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: huggkruka on May 03, 2007, 07:43:13 pm
Harrison Bergeron is one of the best short stories ever. It's so true!

Anyway, "Guts" by Chuck Palahniuk it's a great horror short. Google it yourself, I don't think I can link to it.
Title: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: rustybrazenfire on August 06, 2007, 05:53:57 am
I read this short story some time ago, and happened upon it again late last week while browsing the Internet.  It's a personal favorite, since it is so expansive while still being realtively short.  Asimov's own words describe it best:

Quote from: Isaac Asimov
This is by far my favorite story of all those I have written.

After all, I undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short story and I leave it to you as to how well I succeeded. I also undertook another task, but I won't tell you what that was lest l spoil the story for you.

It is a curious fact that innumerable readers have asked me if I wrote this story. They seem never to remember the title of the story or (for sure) the author, except for the vague thought it might be me. But, of course, they never forget the story itself especially the ending. The idea seems to drown out everything -- and I'm satisfied that it should.

Read "The Last Question" here. (http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html)
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: sltlamina on August 06, 2007, 07:02:43 am
This is my time to shine *cracks fingers out in front of self in a stretching like manner*

USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION!

...tha...that was good, the power...*clenches fists* someone should have told me!
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: Luminar on August 06, 2007, 08:28:28 am
....search..?
THIS! IS! STEEEEEEEEEEEEEVE!
-kicks sltlamina through the door to Spore: General-
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: rustybrazenfire on August 06, 2007, 09:41:01 am
Let's see...

Get yelled at for necrobumping.

OR

Get yelled at for posting a new topic.

Ok I give up.  I'll just assume from now on that any possible topic has already been covered and disregard either option. ;)
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: Daxx on August 06, 2007, 10:07:47 am
Let's see...

Get yelled at for necrobumping.

OR

Get yelled at for posting a new topic.

Ok I give up.  I'll just assume from now on that any possible topic has already been covered and disregard either option. ;)

Get this into your head: Posting a new topic is bad. Posting in an old one is not. Claiming that you didn't want to be shouted at for bumping a topic is not an excuse.
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: Gungnir on August 06, 2007, 02:31:24 pm
And this would go in the books section anyway. Which is where the original is. I think it's like best short stories or something like that.
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: Luminar on August 06, 2007, 11:00:36 pm
Necroing is when you bring up an old topic without contributing anything significant to it, it's excusable when you bring something to the topic that hasn't already been discussed, and can be discussed quite well. So basically you can bump the old topic as long as you're contributing enough to it for the bump to be justified.
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: Oviraptor on August 07, 2007, 04:49:05 pm
If someone can point me to where this can be merged, I will gladly move it there.
Title: Re: Asimov's The Last Question (short story)
Post by: Lualmoba on August 08, 2007, 10:40:16 am
http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=8311.0
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Oviraptor on August 10, 2007, 06:56:02 pm
Thank you. Enjoy the topic.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: stuck on October 18, 2007, 07:04:09 pm
Franz Kafka - The Judgement (http://www.kafka-online.info/-the-judgement.html)

This is the one work Franz Kafka considered to be his greatest. Some of you may be more familiar with "The Metamorphoses," but Kafka considered that one a failure. (He was dissatisfied with the ending). He also wrote "The Judgement" in one night.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Gungnir on February 24, 2008, 08:04:30 pm
This was creepy. http://www.strangehorizons.com/2000/20001030/little_brother.shtml
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: stuck on February 29, 2008, 03:00:56 pm
Heh, it was good. But I saw the ending coming the first paragraph.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Great Distance on January 03, 2009, 05:44:55 pm
http://poestories.com/read/telltaleheart

Just some good old Edgar Allan Poe! I think I'm going to start reading some more of his stories.
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Snork on March 03, 2009, 01:52:46 pm
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Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: huggkruka on April 11, 2009, 10:40:59 am
http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

A great story on the future of the US economy after robots take over. Well written and interesting. If you work retail, it's a horror story(but with a happy ending!)
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Tesla on April 11, 2009, 01:32:50 pm
That was good, but the writing wasn't that great, and the ideas were unoriginal (Ever heard of the Venus Project? (http://www.thevenusproject.com)). There wasn't even that much of a story to speak of. The author mostly just threw ideas at you. :P
Title: Re: VERY good short story
Post by: Yuu on April 11, 2009, 10:56:30 pm
I knew it!

I've always had it in my mind that Good Burger was up to no good...