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Sidewise in Time (1934)
Murray Leinster
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Contributed by William E. Emba.

"The protagonist is a frustrated mathematician, whose genius (which Leinster makes some attempt to convey) is not recognized by his teachers and peers. So when reality goes blooey, and the mathematician is the only person to realize what is going on, he leaps at the opportunity to become a somebody in an alternative reality. At one point, when questioned why he is such a megalomaniac, he says rather matter of factly that it beats being a Jerkwater U math professor."

Contributed by Robert W. Franson

This classic story first appeared in Astounding, June 1934.

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Mathematical Content:
2.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
2.5/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifGenius, Math Education,
MediumShort Stories,

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