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Into Darkness (1992)
Greg Egan
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Creepy story about a man who volunteers to rescue people from a worm-hole that randomly appears in cities, killing anyone who is not able to make it to the center of the spacetime-distortion before it disappears. The mathematical content of the story is only in the discussion of the probabilistic aspect of determining when it will disappear. Like nuclear decay, the probability is constant; at any moment the probability that the worm-hole will disappear is the same as at any other moment. The character discusses the implications of such a probability distribution as well as specifically addressing some of the misconceptions people might have about it.

Contributed by bazil

It's very good. I recommend it to everyone!

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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
4.5/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumShort Stories,

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