Another S and Z Post: “Spell My Name With An S” by Isaac Asimov

One of my favorite short stories is Spell My Name With An S, by Isaac Asimov, published in Nine Tomorrows. It is a story I read decades ago yet it stays with me:

“Marshall Zebatinsky felt foolish….” (Read the whole story here.)

It is about a nuclear physicist who visits a numerologist because his career is not moving forward. The numerologist suggests a tiny change: spelling Zebatinsky with an ‘s’: Sebatinsky. This tiny input starts a chain of events (unknown to Zebatinsky/Sebatinsky) which averts the world from nuclear annihilation. And yet that’s not the end of the story….read the whole story here.


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