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Tangents (1986) [Short Story]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Peter is working at a difficult task: that of trying to visualize four dimensional objects in three dimensions. The problem he is working on is one for which another man will take the solution and the credit, presenting to Peter a paycheck for his time and effort. Peter is having an amazingly difficult time however, and just when he is about to give up, Pal Tremont walks into his life, a young Asian boy whose ability to see the fourth dimension goes perhaps a step above and beyond simple mental visualization. When he states that he can see four dimensional creatures, Peter at first doesn't believe it. So when Pal asks to build a three dimensional speaker with a magnetic fourth dimensional extension -- the idea being to play music to and draw the attension of the mysterious creatures -- Peter indulges him.

They may get more than they bargained for...

Published in Omni, January 1986.

Original title: Tangents
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionScience FictionHard ScienceMathematics

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder (1987) [Anthology]
      Authors: Isaac Asimov , Frederik Pohl , Greg Bear , Gregory Benford , Larry Niven , Rudy Rucker , Robert Sheckley , George Zebrowski , Ian Watson , Marc Laidlaw , Douglas R. Hofstadter , Martin Gardner , Ruth Berman , Don Sakers , Norman Kagan , Anatoly Dnieprov , Kathryn Cramer , Henry R. Gross , William F. Orr
     Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection, the (1987) [Anthology]
      Authors: Orson Scott Card , William Gibson , Tanith Lee , Tim Powers , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Kim Stanley Robinson , Lucius Shepard , Pat Cadigan , Damon Knight , Robert Silverberg , Michael Swanwick , Lewis Shiner , Harry Turtledove , Walter Jon Williams , John Kessel , Howard Waldrop , Connie Willis , Karen Joy Fowler , Tom Maddox , James Patrick Kelly , Jack Dann , Neal Barrett, Jr. , Judith Moffett , Somtow Sucharitkul , Scott Baker , Richard Kearns
     Nebula Awards 22 (1988) [Anthology]
      Authors: Isaac Asimov , Orson Scott Card , Greg Bear , Gregory Benford , Lucius Shepard , Algis Budrys , Kate Wilhelm , Judith Moffett , Susan Palwick , Suzy McKee Charnas , Andrew Joron
     Tangents (1989) [Collection]
      Author: Greg Bear
     New Hugo Winners Volume II, the (1991) [Anthology]
      Authors: Ursula K. Le Guin , Roger Zelazny , Orson Scott Card , Harlan Ellison , Frederik Pohl , Greg Bear , Lawrence Watt-Evans , Robert Silverberg
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart
     Hackers (1996) [Anthology]
      Authors: William Gibson , Neal Stephenson , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Pat Cadigan , Greg Egan , Paul J. McAuley , Robert Silverberg , Michael Swanwick , Tom Maddox , Alexander Jablokov , Candas Jane Dorsey , Daniel Marcus

Edition #1: Tangents

Tangents (1986)
Awards: Hugo: Best Short Story (1987), Nebula: Best Short Story (1986)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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