Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008) is the doyen of science fiction writing. He published hundreds of short stories and many award winning novels. He is perhaps most famous for the the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-wrote with the director,Stanley Kubrick.
He started out as a radar technician in the army, and is credited with being the first to outline the idea that bouncing signals of geostationary satellites would be an ideal way to relay telecommunications.
Among his many short stories, this 31 word piece ‘siseneG is his shortest.
As he says in his letter to the publisher, ‘I think you’ll agree that they don’t come much shorter’.
via (the very excellent site) Letters of Note