Fredric Brown’s Answer

15 02 2008

Here is the full text of Fredric Brown’s famous short science fiction story, Answer.

Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.
He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe — ninety-six billion planets — into the supercircuit that would connect them all into one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies.
Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions. Then after a moment’s silence he said, “Now, Dwar Ev.”
Dwar Ev threw the switch. There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets. Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel.
Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath. “The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn.”
“Thank you,” said Dwar Reyn. “It shall be a question which no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer.”
He turned to face the machine. “Is there a God?”
The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.
“Yes, now there is a God.”
Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev. He leaped to grab the switch.
A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.

(Fredric Brown, “Answer”)

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5 responses

16 02 2008
Aafke

42

16 02 2008
jahandost

Good answer

24 02 2008
zyxo

Perhaps you do not know, but this story is more than 50 years old. Since then, a lot has changed. Computers have evolved and are miniaturized, much more than F.Brown could have guessed, humans did NOT reach the stars. So the new story is a different one, and the answer … that’s up to you, I guess.
Zyxo

4 03 2008
jahandost

zyxo, ?

13 03 2008
zyxo

Jahandost,
I do not know if you found my post on “the new story”. Here is the direct link : the link.
Zyxo

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