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What Dead Men Tell (1949)
Theodore Sturgeon

Contributed by "William E. Emba"

A supergenius discovers a secret society amongst us that is guarding the secret of immortality. He elects to take their entry examination, which has immediate death as the price of failure.

The last problem is to recognize and decode the unusual geometry of a certain corridor. Mathematicians will recognize what's going on immediately.

Contributed by Doug Jones

"A wonderful story. Makes the implausible seem natural...I got to meet him, and he was one of my idols. The collection IMAGINATION UNLIMITED was where I read it, since been burgled by a klepto fan, alas. The kind of story the OUTER LIMITS could have done well!"

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  3. Vault of the Beast by Alfred Elton van Vogt
  4. Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein
  5. Love and a Triangle by Stanley Waterloo
  6. The Cube Root of Conquest by Rog Phillips
  7. The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
  8. Star, Bright by Mark Clifton
  9. Technical Error by Arthur C. Clarke
  10. Into the Fourth by Adam Hull Shirk
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
5/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumShort Stories,

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