I thank you, sir. Although I did not realize that Fredric Brown wrote
the story that I read in Reader's Digest all those years ago, I am
somewhat familiar with his work. I believe the tale you might be
thinking about is entitled "Answer." This tale is a bit longer than the
two sentence example you provided, but it is very short indeed - about
two-hundred words. Hell, I would give you an outline of the tale, but
it would probably be longer than the real McCoy. Did the tale you were
thinking about involve a super computer?
Regards and Best Wishes,
Donald Eric Kesler
> >Subject: Re: TSOU - In the Walls of Eryx
> >From: "D.E. Kesler" <e...@fantasm.org>
> >Date: 1/23/99 3:35 AM MST
> >Wow. I am amazed. I assumed that no one else would know what the hell
> >I was talking about. So, I read Frederic Brown at a very early age, and
> >I did not even know it. That is too cool. Now that I know the title
> >and author, I'll see if I can round up a copy of the tale. I have to
> >find out if the actual tale is as enjoyable as my feeble memory of the
> >tale. I thank you both.
> It's in one of the volumes of the *Science Fiction Hall of Fame*, which may be
> in the local library. AFAIK it's out of print, but I've been lucky and I have
> my own set. The three volumes don't have, IIRC, anything newer than the 60s,
> but it's high class stuff.
> Also IIRC Brown wrote the shortest SF story in the world, the title of which I
> "The last man on earth sat in his room. There was a knock at the door."
> Or something like that.