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I can't remember the title or author in which a new super computer is built and it answers the question...

Is there a god?

(omninously) with

There is now.

  • I've removed the subjective "which is best" bit, leaving only the story-ident question. – Valorum Mar 1 '15 at 0:26
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The story you are thinking of is "Answer" by Fredric Brown (1954), the master of the short-short. The part in question:

"Thank you," said Dwar Reyn. "It shall be a question that no single
cybernetics machine has been able to answer."

He turned to face the machine. "Is there a God?"

The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of
single relay.

"Yes, now there is a God."

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    You are correct sir, and can have my +1 – Valorum Mar 1 '15 at 0:26
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I think that would have to be the computer in Isaac Asimov's The Last Question, who, upon being asked The Last Question

Creates the universe.

Strictly speaking, that is a short-story and not a novel, though.

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    Note to all for context: This was written when the question was asking for the most powerful computer in a book or movie, and so was correct in those versions. – HDE 226868 Mar 1 '15 at 0:33

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