a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
William E. Emba|
In a universe consisting of one star and one planet, there is a
mysterious impenetrable wall surrounding the entire planet in the deep
freezing southlands. Two men, one with money, the other with building
skills, engage in a long-term program to scale the wall and find out
what's on the other side. The answer turns out to be mathematical. And
A very baffling tale; well written. Requires you to really stretch your mind and think "ouside the box"
CHRIS Z RAMSAY|
One of the most pleasing works of fiction I have ever encountered; the way in which it deals with the edge of the universe makes ones brain do a little twist, not unlike the Möbius strip which serves as an important symbol in the story.
Stunning, mind stretching piece of narrative art, using the mathematical achievement of dr Moebius
Another story which showcases a mysterious, one-sided wall is
Robert Lowndes - “The Long Wall” (Stirring Science Stories, March 1942, as by Wilfred Owen Morley); also as a longer version: “Settler’s Wall, (nv) Startling Mystery Stories Fall 1968
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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