MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Wall of Darkness (1946)
Arthur C. Clarke
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Highly Rated!

Contributed by 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 rather upsetting.

Contributed by Anonymous

A very baffling tale; well written. Requires you to really stretch your mind and think "ouside the box"

Contributed by 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.

Contributed by wladimir trabsky

Stunning, mind stretching piece of narrative art, using the mathematical achievement of dr Moebius

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Works Similar to The Wall of Darkness
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. A Subway Named Moebius by A.J. Deutsch
  2. The Tower of Babylon by Ted Chiang
  3. The Infinite Plane by Paul J. Nahin
  4. Technical Error by Arthur C. Clarke
  5. The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C. Clarke
  6. The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke / Stephen Baxter
  7. Into the Comet by Arthur C. Clarke
  8. No-Sided Professor by Martin Gardner
  9. The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke
  10. What Dead Men Tell by Theodore Sturgeon
Ratings for The Wall of Darkness:
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (5 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.75/5 (4 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifMobius Strip/Nonorientability,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumShort Stories,

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