Hmmm... I just don't know what to make of this short story The Nine Billion Names of God. It ends with an unknown. We don't know if the computer finished the names and we don't know if Chuck and George made it to their destination. Only looking up to the skies into the unknown. Is the purpose of the story to show us life is all unknowing and unending? I'll have to give this some more thought. I didn't see this so much as Sci-fi.
My hubby went golfing with his brother one day a few years ago, he came home and said he thinks his brother has fallen away from the Catholic church and has gotten himself into some sort of crazy religion. I asked why he felt that way, he said because his brother believes the world is coming to an end in just a couple of weeks away. I laughed and said, "Well when are the two of you going golfing again?" Hubby replied, "In three weeks." I said well the next time you go golfing you may want to ask your brother now what. They met at the golf course in three weeks, played a round of golf, went to lunch and my hubby asked him now what since the date has come and gone. He had no answer. Kinda like this story. Predictions have run a muck over centuries. As scripture states,
Mark 13:32 32 "But as for that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."