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The Gates of Heaven (1984)
Paul Preuss

Contributed by Gary Miller

The plot concerns a mathematician whose career has been monotone decreasing. But he comes alive again when a SETI project finds a human message coming from 12 light years away. It seems somebody must have fallen into something like a black hole and our hero tries to understand what happened.

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GenreScience Fiction,
TopicMathematical Physics,

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