The soul of a scientist is preserved by an immortal, omnipotent being in the hope that he can bring its painful existence to an end.
This is perhaps Asimov’s strongest statement in his fiction denouncing the very idea of immortality, but he does a better job in his nonfiction. The dialog between Murray Templeton and “God” is really not terribly interesting, and there’s really nothing in the story outside of that.
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