It all had a beginning in the original cosmic explosion, whatever that was, and it’ll all have an end when all the stars run down. The sun will last twenty billion years and maybe the dwarfs will last a hundred billion for all the good they are. But just give us a trillion years and everything will be dark. Entropy has to increase to maximum, that’s all…
On this special episode celebrating the Drabblecast’s 200th episode, we feature sci-fi milestone The Last Question by the ubiquitous genre giant Isaac Asimov. Norm takes listeners along for a thankful, whistful retrospective of the podcast’s history. The episode then moves in to a full cast, sweeping production of the sci-fi epic. The Last Question is an existential piece occurring over a grand timeline in the fullness of outer space, as mankind and artificial intelligence alike consider immortality, the end of all things, and what it means. The episode features chapter illustrations, and announces the 2010 People’s Choice award winners.
Winners of 2010 People’s Choice Awards!
Best Story: Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Best Drabble: Chris Munroe
Best Art: Liz
Originally published in Science Fiction Quarterly, November 1956.
, Ray Sizemore
, Mike Boris
, Frank Key The Hootingyard
, Cheyenne Wright
, Phil Rossi
, Mur Lafferty
Episode Art: Adam Doyle
, Jan Dennison
, Broken Cyborg
, Aimee Leonard
, Skeet Scienski
, Josh Hugo Music by: Norm Sherman
, Gringo Motel
, Clint Mansell
, with special closing music by 19 Action News
Tagged apocalypse, artificial intelligence, Artist: Adam S. Doyle, Artist: Aimee Leonard, Artist: Broken Cyborg, Artist: Jan Dennison, Artist: Josh Hugo, Artist: Liz, Artist: Skeet Scienski, conversations, cyborgs, existential, family, mortality, robots, space, space opera