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The Exploration of Space (1972)
Barrington J. Bayley
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Contributed by Vijay Fafat

The author has used - as in some of his other stories like "The problem of Morley's Emission" - a story format to lay out some of his philosophical speculations, in this instance about the nature of spacetime. The first person narrator, under opium-induced haze, is visited upon by a knight on a chess board. Evidently, it has arrived in a space-ship from a "locational-transitional" space. The ensuing conversation ranges over a few theories the author has about other types of possible spaces of existence. Einstein's field equation of General Relativity makes an appearance in tensor form. There is a minor discussion about the abstraction of numbers and a cursory paragraph about Cantor, transfinite numbers and transfinite spaces. Finally, the knight leaves and the opium wears off. A fairly nicely written fantasy piece, though at places it feels quite hurried or not sufficiently fleshed out.

Originally published as New Worlds Quarterly 4, ed. Michael Moorcock, London: Sphere 1972 and recently reprinted in The Knights of the Limit.

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Works Similar to The Exploration of Space
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Bees of Knowledge by Barrington J. Bayley
  2. Cantor's War by Christopher Anvil
  3. The Grand Wheel by Barrington J. Bayley
  4. The Four-Color Problem by Barrington J. Bayley
  5. White Light, or What is Cantor's Continuum Problem? by Rudy Rucker
  6. The Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
  7. The Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg
  8. The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
  9. The Infinite Assassin by Greg Egan
  10. The Extraordinary Hotel or the Thousand and First Journey of Ion the Quiet by Naum Ya. Vilenkin
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
Motif
TopicInfinity,
MediumShort Stories,

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