a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"|
For safety's sake, all organic life on the planet Earth has been
wiped out by automatic defenses. The investigator looking into
this regrettable turn of affairs in an otherwise promising species
discovers that the trigger was "six operators", whose permutations
and combinations were so great that they threatened to overwhelm
all available computational resources for magnitudes of time far
greater than the history of the universe.
This very short story was written as part of a scheme to print a series of SF stories on postcards which apparently never panned out. It was first published in ISAAC ASIMOV'S SCIENCE
FICTION MAGAZINE #1 (with an introduction longer than the story).
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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