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The Image in the Mirror (1933)
Dorothy Leigh Sayers
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

Lord Peter Wimsey, while staying at an inn, finds a stranger is completely rapt in reading and rereading from a book of Wimsey's. It turns out to be H G Wells' story of a man inverted via the fourth dimension, The Plattner Experiment [sic]. The stranger finds himself identifying with Plattner's situation, because he is convinced something similar has in fact happened to him, right down to right-left internal organ inversion. Lord Peter listens to the man's unusual story with polite interest. But soon afterwords, when he learns that the man is wanted for murder, Lord Peter embarks on finding a three dimensional explanation of the past events in order to exonerate him in the present."

Appears in the collection Hangman's Holiday.

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Works Similar to The Image in the Mirror
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Technical Error by Arthur C. Clarke
  2. Left or Right by Martin Gardner
  3. The Plattner Story by Herbert George Wells
  4. Hidden in Glass by Paul Ernst
  5. The Square Cube Law by Fletcher Pratt
  6. Mirror Image by Isaac Asimov
  7. Dalrymple’s Equation by Paul Fairman
  8. The Cube Root of Conquest by Rog Phillips
  9. An Episode of Flatland by Charles H. Hinton
  10. The Investigation by Stanislaw Lem
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Mathematical Content:
2.25/5 (4 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.75/5 (4 votes)

GenreMystery, Science Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions,
MediumShort Stories,

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