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YMMV / The Last Question

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  • Values Resonance: To most people in 1956, when this story was first published, coal and oil seemed an endlessly abundant source of energy, and Uranium-powered nuclear fission even more endlessly abundant than them. So, in a strange way, the message in the story that no energy source (certainly not oil and uranium) is truly inexhaustible, precedes much of the environmental movements that will only start to gain widespread support in the 1970s.


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