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A Matter of Mathematics (1999)
Brian Wilson Aldiss
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

A space/time shortcut is found connecting the earth to the moon. Its use provokes an alien response, consisting of a device encoding within it some very strange mathematics.

(For those interested, the title story of the Aldiss collection was the original inspiration for Kubrick/Spielberg's AI.)

Also published as "The Apollo Asteroid". In Crowther and Greenberg (eds) "Moon Shots".

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GenreScience Fiction,
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