Going Fourth in my Writing

It was bound to happen sooner or later somewhere in the data-sphere…. and it has… there is a note to say that my novel that I’ve been writing for over a year now explores the 4th dimension… and no I don’t mean 4th dimension in sense of time, but a 4th spatial dimension. You know another dimension in addition to the left-right, forward-backward and up-down dimensions.

OK you say, but it’s been done before.

Sure it has.

In fact the first dates way back to 1884 when Edwin A Abbott had a chapter about the 4th dimension in his famous book Flatland. Being only a chapter, it doesn’t go into much detail, but it does give you a taster so to speak.

There there’s Robert Heinlein’s And he built a crooked house... first published in February 1941, where the house is basically a four-dimensional cube and we get to explore from the inside and how its eight three-dimensional cubes interlink.

Of course there’s Greg Bear’s Tangents that was first published in 1986 in Omni. In part it pays homage to that computer genius Alan Turing. It is about a boy who can sense the 4th dimension and eventually he helps someone to escape into it away from persecution.

Ian Stewart (a professor of mathematics) did a sequel to Edwin A Abbott’s Flatland in 2001, called Flatterland (what else?). He takes Flatland’s A Square’s great-great-granddaughter, Victoria and explores various mathematical concepts of the dimensions, including the 4th spatial dimension.

Rudy Rucker has been actively interested in the 4th dimension for quite some time and he published his novel about the it called simply Spaceland in 2002. It is an interesting adventure / romance story and explores the various geometrical consequences of going into and out of the 4th dimension.

You would think with this line-up of illustrious writers that there was nothing more to say about 4th dimension. I thought so too. I really did. Yes I really truly did… then I had one of those blip moments and did a few calculations and went WOW! I was wrong… there is something new to say.

It turned out there was a heck of a lot to say. So much so that I’m going to have to write a follow-on novel to finish describing it all. It’s like a whole new world opening up and WOW! is a gross understatement!

No, I’m not going to give you any spoilers… all I’m going say is it’s science fiction, but not as we know it!


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