I don’t ordinarily talk much about the crap that floats through my brain when I dream. Most of it is uninteresting anyway, since I’m (wait for it…) LIVING the dream these days, but last night’s was an exception.
There’s this Isaac Asimov story about Entropy called “The Last Question.” The text is here. If you’re familiar with the story, head behind the cut. If you’re not and you don’t mind a bit of a spoiler, head behind the cut. If you want to read the story for yourself first, well, the link is right there.
In the story there’s a universal computer, and throughout the ages people ask it the question “is there a way to reverse entropy?” See, the universe will run down at some point, and THEN what? At the end of the story the computer, now living in hyperspace, finds the answer.
In my dream, I was living towards the end of all things. That phrase from Return of The King cropped up a lot: “here we are at the end of all things.” Well, I KNEW the computer would figure out an answer, but it didn’t make me feel better because the shopping mall was all but empty, and yet for some reason there was a shortage of parking spaces.
That’s pretty much it. I know, I know. You’re saying “I read that story, and then headed behind a cut tag for THIS??” Hey, I’m relating a DREAM. If it was going to be a proper STORY I would have drawn goofy pictures and put it in my comic strip.