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The Answer

H. Beam Piper

Book Overview: 

Two former enemies during the Cold War, both haunted by the nuclear exchange that destroyed the Northern Hemisphere, work together on a purely scientific experiment that finally gives them some peace after 15 years.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .You saw it fall, didn't you?"

"That's right. From about thirty miles away. A little closer than we'll be to this shot, tonight. I was in charge of the investigation at Auburn, until we had New York and Washington and Detroit and Mobile and San Francisco to worry about. Then what had happened to Auburn wasn't important, any more. We were trying to get evidence to lay before the United Nations. We kept at it for about twelve hours after the United Nations had ceased to exist."

"I could never understand about that, Lee. I don't know what the truth is; I probably never shall. But I know that my government did not launch that missile. During the first days after yours began coming in, I talked to people who had been in the Kremlin at the time. One had been in the presence of Klyzenko himself when the news of your bombardment arrived. He said that Klyzenko was absolutely stunned. We always believed that your government decided upon a preventive surprise attac. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Quite simply the danger of jumping to Conclusions!

Product Description

The Answer is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by H. Beam Piper is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of H. Beam Piper then we highly recommend this pub...more

Lee Richardson and Alexis Pitov, two nuclear scientists, are participating in a thermonuclear test involving a rocket and negamatter. The test is decidedly not a test to develop into weapons-grade materials. However, Pitov and Richardson cannot help but consider the fate of Auburn, NY fifteen yea...more

Lo empecé por curiosidad, por una referencia a la negamateria que aparece en una aventura de rol, y no ha estado mal

Es un cuento corto, típico de la época más intensa de la guerra fría y en el que se reflejan el miedo al conflicto nuclear. No obstante, es una lectura interesante y fácil por su lo...more

Was alright, well written.

A good short science fiction story based around nuclear war and how presumptions can often be dangerous. Good sci fi ending.

An interesting, if slightly disturbing short sci-fi story looking at some of the worst parts of human nature.