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Old 07-11-2019, 08:39 AM
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A lot of Asimov votes here, but it looks like I'm the first to nominate "The Dead Past".
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There are a lot of Fredric Brown stories that fit -- Brown was a master of the short-short, and had lots of stories with twists or puns at the end, in addition to a lot of more serious stuff.

His story "Knock" has the same line at the beginning and at the end, but the meaning are completely different.

Others:

"Great Lost Discoveries I: Invisibility"

"The Ring of Hans Carvel"

"Abominable"

..and several others I can't recall the titles of.
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I concede Stephen King horror stories aren't hardcore SF, but the last line of, "Pet Semetary," and the last line of, "Survivor Type," (short story) both gave me the willies.
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There are a lot of Fredric Brown stories that fit -- Brown was a master of the short-short, and had lots of stories with twists or puns at the end, in addition to a lot of more serious stuff.
"Nightmare in Yellow"?
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The short story "Summer's Lease" by Joe Haldeman - the last sentence totally changes your understanding about what just happened

Tool of the Trade by Joe Haldeman - a perfect concluding sentence, and a great setup for the sequel that he unfortunately never wrote

Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin - echoes a sentence earlier in the book, and is chillingly ambiguous, under the circumstances
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The two I immediatly thought of have been mentioned above (A boy and his dog, The Nine Billion Names of God), but by chance I just watched "Predestination" (2014), which is based on "—All You Zombies—" by Robert A. Heinlein.

I could be wrong about the last line -- a movie has to be less dialog driven -- but I remember a last line, and that would be the third one.
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