I can't remember the title or the author of the following story:

Some Tibetan monks want to know the name of God. They buy a supercomputer in order to calculate the name. Then...

...they find the name, and in the end of the story, all stars stop shining.

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    I edited your title and removed the second question about an unrelated story. Please remember your questions on this site must: a- have a specific title, and b- ask one and only one thing. Feel free to ask about the other story in a separate question :)
    – Andres F.
    May 8, 2013 at 11:54
  • Now I'm interested in the second story as well - was it reposted as a different question?
    – SqlRyan
    May 8, 2013 at 15:38
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    @SqlRyan if Martin doesn't, you're always free to repost 2nd the question yourself. May 8, 2013 at 17:30
  • Reminds me of (but isn't) Frederic Brown's story "Answer" May 8, 2013 at 17:49
  • @DanNeely I did post it, and I'm hopeful I'll get the name! scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/35419
    – SqlRyan
    May 13, 2013 at 4:16

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The story about the Tibetan monks who want to find the name of god is "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur Clarke.

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    And there's an homage to this story in Futurama's "Godfellas" episode. May 8, 2013 at 22:22
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    It was published, conveniently, in an anthology titled "The Nine Billion Names of God" :) May 9, 2013 at 23:46

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