a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|The Image in the Mirror (1933)
|Dorothy Leigh Sayers
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by the same author)
"William E. Emba"
Lord Peter Wimsey, while staying at an inn, finds a stranger is
completely rapt in reading and rereading from a book of Wimsey's.
It turns out to be H G Wells' story of a man inverted via the
fourth dimension, The Plattner Experiment [sic]. The stranger
finds himself identifying with Plattner's situation, because he is
convinced something similar has in fact happened to him, right down
to right-left internal organ inversion. Lord Peter listens to the
man's unusual story with polite interest. But soon afterwords, when
he learns that the man is wanted for murder, Lord Peter embarks on
finding a three dimensional explanation of the past events in order
to exonerate him in the present."
Appears in the collection Hangman's Holiday.
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)