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Inside Out (1987)
Rudy Rucker
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Contributed by Vijay Fafat

The story itself is quite disturbing IMO but has the usual zaniness of his other writings. Features quarks as "hypertoroidal vortex rings/loops of superstring", a "cumberquark", "hypertorii with fuzzy fractal surface" and what I think is an eversion of a torus using a fourth spatial dimension.

Originally published in Synergy: New Science Fiction, Vol. 1 ed. George Zebrowski (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 0-15-687700-7, Nov '87)

Contributed by Ken Miller

Mr Kasman

Again I have found myself exploring your Mathematical Fiction webpage, and I would like to point out that-

the short story "Inside Out" by Rudy Rucker can also be found in:

Masterpieces of fantasy and wonder / compiled by David G. Hartwell, editor
Publication info: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1989.

I think the above book would be easier to find than the volume you cite.

thank you

Ken Miller

Thank you, Mr. Miller!

Note Added October 2012: Good news for those looking for this story. It is now available for free at the author's Website.

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  4. The Girl with the Celestial Limb by Pauline Melville
  5. Another Cock Tale by Chris Miller
  6. Scandal in the Fourth Dimension by Amelia Reynolds Long (as "A.R. Long")
  7. The Higher Mathematics by Martin C. Wodehouse
  8. The Pexagon by D.J. Rozell
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GenreHumorous, Science Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry, Mathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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