a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|The Phantom of Kansas (1976) ||John Varley |
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by the same author)
"William E. Emba"|
A sublunar meteorological artist wakens from her memory
recording to learn that a serial killer has been murdering
her repeatedly, and is presumably still targeting her. In
trying to comprehend what it means to be "herself" under
these circumstances, she works out a four-dimensional
metaphor for her various selves.
Appeared in GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION (Feb 1976)
reprinted in his THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY.
While I think this is a wonderful story, the "mathematics" of seeing a life as a 4-dimensional object is only mentioned in a few sentences, and (in my opinion anyway) isn't central to the story.
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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)