I read this story many years ago, probably as a short story in a science fiction magazine in the 80's.

It was a fantastic story that took place in the near future on a colony on Mars where a disease had taken over Earth and moved onto killing the remaining colonists of Mars.

The main character goes to something that was described like a holodeck that repeatedly produced a hologram about a man playing a piano in his ship.

Later he meets a super-intelligent being or beings that offers him the chance to escape his mortal coil and experience the universe in their perception of time. He transcends his body and becomes a star and witnesses cosmic time and the rise and fall of galaxies, cosmic timescales and the history of other beings.

It wasn't written by Isaac Asimov but I do think it was in one of his publications.


I found it Understanding Space and Time by Alastair Reynolds.

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  • Neat! Can we encourage you into editing a summary/quotes that matched wat you remembered? :) this would make for a better answer, more likely to help people looking for the same thing – Jenayah Feb 27 '19 at 22:43
  • Could you also confirm where you originally read it? It might help future askers who remember it as part of the same anthology... – Valorum Feb 27 '19 at 22:45

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