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The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke, one of the most famous science fiction authors ever, and part of the “Big Three” of the genre (along with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein), passed away today.

In memory of this great science fiction writer I present “The Nine Billion Names of God”, the 1953 science fiction short story that was so good it won a retrospective Hugo award. It is about a company that sells a computer to a Tibetan monestary so they can quickly finish listing all the possible names of God and fulfill their destinies.
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The Star by Arthur C. Clarke

The Star

by Arthur C. Clarke

• Word count: 2475
• Page count: 6

The Star is a classic science fiction short story by one of the genre’s most famous authors: Arthur C. Clarke. It is a story told from the point of view of a Jesuit astrophysicist aboard a starship that is investigating the Phoenix Nebula. The site of a supernova some 6,000 years earlier, the nebula has yielded knowledge that shakes his faith to its very core. Read More

The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov

The Feeling of Power

by Isaac Asimov

• Word count: 3283
• Page count: 10

The Feeling of Power is a cool little science fiction short story by one of the giants of the genre: Isaac Asimov. Written in classic Asimov fashion, the story explores the idea of a society so dependent on computers that they have forgotten basic math skills. Read More

Star Light, Star Bright by Alfred Bester

Star Light, Star Bright

by Alfred Bester

• Word count: 5664
• Page count: 16

Star Light, Star Bright is a classic science fiction short story first published in 1953 by Alfred Bester, the author of the very first Hugo award winning novel.

It is the story of a boy who has some amazing knowledge, and the people who are searching for him. It you like classic science fiction and pulp stories (Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick) then you will probably like this story too. I consider it to be a great story that makes you think about what could happen if this were really true. Read More