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Message Found in a Copy of Flatland (1983)
Rudy Rucker
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This is the story that answers the age old question: "What if Flatland was in the basement of a Pakistani restaurant in London?". The answer is scarier than you might think, especially when you realize that someone might trick you into entering Flatland yourself without your own best interests in mind. The math here is just the usual "2-dimensional slices of 3-dimensional objects" thing that we've seen many times before, but it is an interesting story well told.
First appeared in the collection The 57th Franz Kafka by Rucker and later republished in the math fiction collection Mathenauts. Moreover, as of this writing it is available for free at the author's Website.

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Works Similar to Message Found in a Copy of Flatland
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. A New Golden Age by Rudy Rucker
  2. Spaceland by Rudy Rucker
  3. And He Built a Crooked House by Robert A. Heinlein
  4. Inside Out by Rudy Rucker
  5. The Planiverse: computer contact with a two-dimensional world by A.K. Dewdney
  6. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
  7. The Girl with the Celestial Limb by Pauline Melville
  8. Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe by Dionys Burger
  9. The Mathenauts by Norman Kagan
  10. Mathematicians in Love by Rudy Rucker
Ratings for Message Found in a Copy of Flatland:
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Mathematical Content:
3.33/5 (3 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.33/5 (3 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous, Science Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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