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The Wonderful Visit (1895)
Herbert George Wells
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

"An angel, who normally inhabits a fourth dimensional world (with curvature instead of gravitation!) falls into our three dimensional world."

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Ratings for The Wonderful Visit:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.5/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions, Religion,
TopicMathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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