Illustration for article titled Arthur C. Clarkes 31-Word, Universe-Ending Sci-Fi Story

Blog of note Letters of Note has a bite sized treat from sci-fi legend Arthur C. Clarke: a 31-word short story called "siseneG," as in, ya know, the opposite of Genesis. As of March 1984, it was the only one he'd written in nearly ten years. The tale, in its entirety:

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.


Head over to Letters of Note to see the handwritten note that accompanied the story. "I think you'll agree," Clarke said, "that they don't come much shorter." [Letters of Note, Image: Heritage Auctions]

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