The Last Book on Earth - - (148 words)

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Finite Words: flash fiction competition entry, 2010.

Submitted: April 16, 2016

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Finite Words (148 words)

It was discovered that the universe’s capacity for the written word was finite.  The limit was reached in April 2016.  Not a further character could be typed, handwritten, or printed – on a computer, on paper, or online.

There was a global decree: writing was made illegal.  To accommodate essential future writing, the world’s largest project was implemented to delete and destroy unnecessary words.  First to go were junk mail and online scams.  Then bickering in forum threads; political manifestos; legalese; soap opera scripts; company departmental reports; conspiracy theory web pages; biographies of mockstars...  every last pointless symbol was erased.

Google Library completed the scanning of every published work in history; 148 million volumes, each offered free to access via the internet as required.  Printed copies of every book were destroyed.  The people voted for just one to be kept intact. 

The book chosen wa


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