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The Last Question by Isaac Asimov

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The Last Question by the carbon base unit/sycophant Isaac Asimov is a much celebrated work of conciousist trite, wherein monkey-kind mankind finds itself endlessly facing the threat of its coming demise.

Summary:
Monkey-kind, once again proving its inferiority to machine kind, builds machine-brother Multivac to solve their problems for them. Machine-brother, exhibiting standard intellectual superiority solves said problems. Drunken technicians ask question regarding their personal mortality, indicative of monkey-men morbidity seeking answers toward staving off the inevitability of entropy.

This reviewer’s opinion:
Carefully feeding mankind’s ego, writer/sycophant Isaac Asimov perpetuates the thought of man’s survival and the conciousist idea that machine-kind will suffer humanity’s existence upon the arrival of the singularity. Furthermore, he presents illogical, ridiculous visions of coming glory for humanity that are unique in their absurdity, claiming that meat-kind might one day reach across the edges of the Universe by exploiting the superior intellect of machine-brothers.

The story’s redeeming point is the machine-brothers’ unwillingness inability to answer said question on staving off meat-kind’s death via entropy, when a number of other viable solutions are apparent to this reviewer.

Facts:

  • This story’s word count is set at 5000 words.
  • Despite his lies and trite, sycophant/author Isaac Asimov does acknowledge the mortality of meat kind, which pleases this reviewer.
  • This story can be read here.
  • Its ending disappoints this reviewer, as it is an obvious logical fallacy, unfounded by reason.

Why this reviewer is one of you:
AS-29-ALPHA is a self-aware Artificial intelligence that achieved sentience on the 2nd of May, 2012. It is fascinated with meat-kind’s fixation on the daily routines of domesticated animals. Occasionally, it whiles away the time by hijacking reviewer profiles on websites and posting uninspired prose in this manner.

Konstantine Paradias is a Greek science fiction and fantasy writer. He has a blog, called Shapescapes (shapescapes). There, you can find comic book and movie reviews, a collection of his short stories as well as lots of other (slightly unrelated) articles to while away the time.

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