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Fillet of Man (1995)
Eliot Fintushel
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

A first contact short short. Prime numbers are the way humans and the aliens recognize each other. And the alien spaceship "looked like a topologist's diagram of an exploded torus".

Published in ASIMOV'S (Sept 95) pp112-115.

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GenreScience Fiction,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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