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In Fading Suns and Dying Moons (2003)
John Varley
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There is an explicit reference not only to mathematics, but to mathematical fiction in this scary short story. When strange creatures with an unusual interest in butterflies begin appearing on the Earth, it takes a mathematician and familiarity with Abbott's Flatland to understanding what is going on.

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Works Similar to In Fading Suns and Dying Moons
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Plane People by Wallace West
  2. The Planiverse: computer contact with a two-dimensional world by A.K. Dewdney
  3. Message Found in a Copy of Flatland by Rudy Rucker
  4. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
  5. Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe by Dionys Burger
  6. Project Flatty by Irving Cox Jr.
  7. Space Bender by Edward Rementer
  8. The Pythagoras Problem by Trevor Baxendale
  9. Into the Fourth by Adam Hull Shirk
  10. Gold Dust and Star Dust by Cyrill Wates
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifAliens, Higher/Lower Dimensions,
MediumShort Stories,

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