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Nanunculus (1997)
Ian Watson
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A mathematician wishes to commit suicide, but is pestered by an automated visitor from the future programmed to make certain that the mathematician discovers the key to time travel before he does.

Appears in the collection The Great Escape and first published in Interzone January 1997.

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GenreScience Fiction,
MotifTime Travel,
MediumShort Stories,

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