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The Dangerous Dimension (1938)
L. Ron Hubbard
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

"The Dangerous Dimension" is L. Ron Hubbard's first science fiction story, written at editor F Orlin Tremaine's request for something light, easy-reading, and humorous. In the story, Professor Henry Mudge, by thinking about negative dimensions, comes up with "Equation C", at which the mere sight one gains the ability to teleport just by thinking of the destination. Unfortunately, the teleportation happens whether or not you actually wish to go. Mudge has great difficulty controlling himself, but by forcing himself to work out "Equation D" he gains control.

No real mathematical content, just classic pulp mumbojumbo. The story could just as well have been written with "C rays" or "element D", but Hubbard apparently thought mathematics sounded better.

Of course, more people know Hubbard as the founder of the religion Scientology, but he was also a science fiction writer. (Some people might say that Scientology itself was just a clever bit of science fiction, and I might be one of them. If so, then it's a shame that he didn't include a bit of mathematical fiction in that creation as well!)

"The Dangerous Dimension", first appeared in ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, June 1938. Reprinted in Sam Moskowitz (ed) FUTURES TO INFINITY, 1970.

More information about this work can be found at www.goldenagestories.com.
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumShort Stories,

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