siseneG: A Very Short Story From Arthur C. Clarke

Letters of Note have dug up a short story written by Arthur C. Clarke, which the famed sci-fi author sent to the editor of Analog magazine in March of 1984. The 31-word tale – siseneG – was later printed in the publication’s May issue.

“This is the only short story I’ve written in ten years or so,” wrote Clarke. “I think you’ll agree that they don’t come much shorter.” It’s amazing how economical Clarke was with his words, but still managed to tell a fairly epic story.

siseneG
by
Arthur C Clarke

And God said: DELETE lines One to Aleph. LOAD. RUN.
And the Universe ceased to exist.

Then he pondered for a few aeons, sighed, and added: ERASE.
It never had existed.

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