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This is the most famous story by Lovecraft, which spawned it's own sub-genre and
called the Cthulhu Mythos. It concerns the investigations of Prof. Francis
as he investigates the estate and events leading to the bizarre death of his
Prof. George Gamell Angell of Brown University. It seems Prof. Angell's
research uncovers a cult connected to a vast, alien city submerged beneath the
Pacific and composed
of some strange non-Euclidean geometry, where "the angles are all wrong".
in this alien city is a horrid alien octopoid race and their monstrous master,
Cthulhu, who are
waiting for the time "when the stars are once again right" to reclaim the earth
as their own.
I don't really remember much explicit math here; however,
Lovecraft definitely solved the Drake equation, at least heuristically, and calculated
how much time would pass between the arising of species. Then he uses this, correctly,
to justify terrible incomprehensible alien invasions and magic - in a 1920's novella.
it's really quite amazing. He also correctly describes the appearance of a
hyperdimensional city quivering in and out of our hyperplane. He is also the only
author I have read that used "centillions" to number something. It was bad, of course.
It's too bad "Call of Cthulhu" isn't actually that great a story.
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