
1963 (1993) 
 Alan Moore 

A sixissue series, one of the best of the retro comics out
there. this is Moore's ingenious pastiche of Marvel comics in
the critical (for Marvel and for the world) year 1963. Strange
things... (more) 


And He Built a Crooked House (1940) 
 Robert A. Heinlein 

A clever architect designs a house in the shape of the shadow of a
tesseract, but it collapses (through
the 4th dimension) when an earthquake shakes it into a more stable form (which takes up very... (more) 


Another Cock Tale (1975) 
 Chris Miller 

A tale which is best avoided, but documented here for completeness. It is an utterly tasteless, juvenile story designed to evoke titterings among teenagers. One could laugh if it were a funny dirty joke... (more) 


The Appendix and the Spectacles (1928) 
 Miles J. Breuer (M.D.) 

There sometimes seems to be an unlimited supply of stories based on
the idea that we may be unaware of extra dimensions around us (just
like the inhabitants of Flatland). But, each
one has its own special features. Here we see it from a medical
perspective: what are the implications for surgery and malpractice?
Appears in Mathematical Magpie. (more) 


Barr’s Problem (1892) 
 Julian Hawthorne 

A cute, talltale about one Professor Brooks  presumably one of mathematics  his past student, Barr, and his 19year old niece, Susan Wayne. The two youngsters are in love with each other but the... (more) 


Blinding Shadows (1934) 
 Donald Wandrei 

Story of a mathematics professor who theorizes that 4dimensional objects should be casting 3dimensional shadows and such shadows should be viewable by specially made mirrors. Dutifully, element number... (more) 


The Book of Worlds (1929) 
 Miles J. Breuer 

Another story of 4D from Miles Breuer, this time with Prof. Cosgrave who builds a "hyperstereoscope" that can combine 3dimensional views ("geometrical stereograms") from different angles into a 4D... (more) 


The Boy Who Reversed Himself (1986) 
 William Sleator 

[William Sleator's The Boy Who
Reversed Himself is] a book catering to a preteen or early teen
audience about three high school students' adventures in 4dimensional (and
higher) space. It includes... (more) 


The Captured CrossSection (1929) 
 Miles J. Breuer (M.D.) 

Another "extra dimensions" story, with the twist of our hero having to save his fiance (also a mathematician) from terrifying dangers. There is some nonsense at the beginning about rotations and a count... (more) 


Cascade Point (1983) 
 Timothy Zahn 

"Cascade Point" by Timothy Zahn (1983, won the 1984 Hugo award) contains
fictionalized mathematical analysis of higherorder dimensions of
space/time.
The novel concerns future space travel whereby... (more) 


The Cube Root of Conquest (1948) 
 Rog Phillips 

An evil dictator's plan to destroy and conquer the world is based on the
work of one of his scientists, which allows travel into complex components
of time. In order to do this, one is required to solve... (more) 


The Dangerous Dimension (1938) 
 L. Ron Hubbard 

"The Dangerous Dimension" is L. Ron Hubbard's first science
fiction story, written at editor F Orlin Tremaine's request
for something light, easyreading, and humorous. In the
story, Professor Henry... (more) 


Dante Dreams (1998) 
 Stephen Baxter 

There is an interpretation of Dante's "Divine Comedy" as a mystical description of the universe as a hypersphere (see "Dante and the 3sphere"
American Journal of Physics  December 1979  Volume... (more) 


Dimensional Analysis and Mr Fortescue (1965) 
 Eric St. Clair 

A fairly silly story typical of pulp magazines. Mr. Fortescue wanted to to build a funhouse (“House of Fun, Magic, and Mystery”) in his town. Why? Read with an eyeroll:
“This town needed... (more) 


Distances (2008) 
 Vandana Singh 

Most members of Anasunya's species have "a gift". Since she has a gift of mathematics, she leaves her aquatic home and begins working at the
Temple of Mathematical Arts. She has a gift that allows... (more) 


The Dreams in the WitchHouse (1933) 
 H.P. Lovecraft 

In this story, Walter Gilman, a mathematics graduate student at Miskatonic
University
in Arkham, Mass, rents a room in the famed haunted "Witch House" of Keziah
Mason,
a witch who legend says escaped... (more) 


Eifelheim (2006) 
 Michael Flynn 

In this award winning science fiction novel, Tom and Sharon have a lot in common. They share an apartment, both use sophisticated mathematics in their research, and both become completely obsessed with... (more) 


The Eighth Room (1989) 
 Stephen Baxter 

The story forms part of the Xeeleesequence of stories and novels. In far distant future, the Xeelee decide to lock away the human race in a world hidden in hyperspace (as the pale, atavistic remnants... (more) 


The Einstein SeeSaw (1932) 
 Miles J. Breuer 

This is another of the hyperspace stories by Miles Breuer. This time, a mathematical physicist discovers that mattter can be tossed around in and out of space(time) [see his papers, "A Preliminary Report... (more) 


The End of Mr. Y (2006) 
 Scarlett Thomas 

After her thesis advisor disappears, a graduate students studying "thought experiments" in science and in fiction discovers a copy of the rare (and supposedly cursed) book "The End of Mr. Y". Following... (more) 


An Episode of Flatland (1907) 
 Charles H. Hinton 

Hinton, whose biography is a
little too weird for me to believe and whose essays on the fourth dimension
(see for example A New
Era of Thought) leave me wondering how much he really believed that the
fourth... (more) 


Factoring Humanity (1998) 
 Robert J. Sawyer 

There is certainly a lot of deep mathematics discussed in this `first
contact' novel, as well as a good deal of controversial physics and
psychology. Still, in the end, I did not find it especially
satisfying.... (more) 


The FifthDimension Catapult (1931) 
 Murray Leinster 

This short novel, originally published in the January 1931 ASTOUNDING,
and republished by Damon Knight in SCIENCE FICTION OF THE 30'S (1975),
involves a mathematical physicist whose theories get applied... (more) 


The First Task of My Internship (2020) 
 Ziyin Xiong 

In this short piece (which is more of an extended joke than a story), the narrator is tasked with devising a method to literally fulfill The Olive Garden's promise of "unlimited breadsticks". Some of... (more) 


Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884) 
 Edwin Abbott Abbott 

This is the classic example of mathematical fiction in which
the author helps us to think about the meaning of "dimension" through
fictional example: a visit to a world with only two spatial
dimensions.... (more) 


Flatterland: like Flatland, only more so (2001) 
 Ian Stewart 

In this "sequel" to Flatland, popular
mathematics writer Ian Stewart lets us accompany the granddaugther of the
original "A. Square" who starred in original classic, as she learns about
fractal dimensions,... (more) 


The FourthDimensional Demonstrator (1935) 
 Murray Leinster 

Uses the fourth dimension as geewhiz terminology to explain
a matter duplicator/unduplicator. Includes a tesseract.
But if you ignore the story's explanation involving time as
... (more) 


Futurama (Episode: 2D Blacktop) (2013) 
 Michael Rowe (writer) / Raymie Muzquiz (director) 

In the episode 2D Blacktop from Futurama's tenth season, Professor Farnsworth invents a device that looks like a tesseract and takes his "hot rod" into the fourth dimension. When he collides with Leela's... (more) 


The Gate of the Flying Knives (1979) 
 Poul Anderson 

For his contribution to the first "Thieves' World" collection, Poul Anderson contributed a fantasy story about an illustrated scroll which forms a gateway between dimensions.
As the story progresses,... (more) 


The Geometry of Narrative (1983) 
 Hilbert Schenck 

This story begins with a character who is a graduate student of English proposing to his professor a new geometric approach to literary analysis. As he points out, this has been used to some limited degree... (more) 


Gold Dust and Star Dust (1929) 
 Cyrill Wates 

Gold disappears overnight! From a locked warehouse! Obviously, our detective, Mr. Corwin, immediately figures out that the stuff has fallen through a crack in the fourth dimension. It has not been stolen,... (more) 


The Gostak and the Doshes (1930) 
 Miles J. Breuer (M.D.) 

In this classic science fiction story, a mathematical physicist convinces his friend to try to travel into another dimension by merely altering the way he thinks about things. The friend finds himself... (more) 


The Hidden Girl (2017) 
 Ken Liu 

The daughter of a general during the Tang Dynasty is kidnapped by an assassin who can travel into higher dimensions. She is trained to also be an assassin, but cleverly plans her own escape.
Among... (more) 


Hidden in Glass (1931) 
 Paul Ernst 

A murder mystery involving a mathematical physicist. One Professor Brainard, who is claimed to have mastered "the secret of the fourth dimension" (haven't they all in the pulps?), has a serious professional... (more) 


Hinton (2020) 
 Mark Blacklock 

Charles Howard Hinton was a controversial mathematician working in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Howard Hinton, as he was known, studied and wrote about "the fourth dimension" and is best known... (more) 


The Ifth of Oofth (1957) 
 Walter Trevis 

[This] is a short, zany, talltale reminiscent of Heinlein's "And He Built A Crooked House". Someone ends up making a 3dimensional, unfolded projection of a 5dimensional hypercube, a Penteract. The... (more) 


The Image in the Mirror (1933) 
 Dorothy Leigh Sayers 

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... (more) 


In Fading Suns and Dying Moons (2003) 
 John Varley 

There is an explicit reference not only to mathematics, but to mathematical fiction in this scary short story. When strange creatures with an unusual interest in butterflies begin appearing on the Earth, it takes a mathematician and familiarity with Abbott's Flatland to understanding what is going on. (more) 


The Infinitive of Go (1980) 
 John Brunner 

John Brunner's novel, "The Infinitive of Go" is a story about teleporting devices based on a "posting" principle affecting living objects in the process of "posting"  the author describes it in terms... (more) 


Inside Out (1987) 
 Rudy Rucker 

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... (more) 


Into the Fourth (1925) 
 Adam Hull Shirk 

Here's another one of those flimsy "Fourth Dimension" dimension stories; standard fare: a mathematician breathlessly invokes the higher spatial dimension to conjure up a window into hyperspace. This... (more) 


It was the Monster from the Fourth Dimension (1951) 
 Al Feldstein 

I found a story from a Weird Science issue of 1951 (i believe it's # 7) titled It Was the Monster From the Fourth Dimension. It's written and drawn by Al Feldstein.
It is about a farmer whose farm... (more) 


The Kingdom of Ohio (2009) 
 Matthew Flaming 

CheriAnne Toledo, the daughter of the King of Ohio, uses her mathematical skills (and the assistance of Nikola Tesla) to build a device that is supposed to be able transport people instantaneously from... (more) 


The Land of No Shadow (1931) 
 Carl H Claudy 

Claudy's regular characters, the brilliant Alan Kane and the brawny Ted Dolliver, journey into the fourth dimension in this pulpy SciFi story. The tennis balls that journey into this transdimensional... (more) 


Left or Right (1951) 
 Martin Gardner 

Originally published in Esquire magazine in 1951, this story
about a space ship "flipping" through the fourth dimension has rarely
been seen because Gardner later worried that it was physically inaccurate.... (more) 


The Magic Staircase (1946) 
 Nelson Slade Bond 

A Mathematics professor develops a theory of "intradimensional" spaces, hypothesizing that the vast, empty spaces in atoms form a parallel dimension in which alternative histories of "what might have... (more) 


The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) 
 Lev Grossman 

This short film is based on a short story by Lev Grossman is a repeatthesameday romcom that uses 2D projections of a tesseract as a plot point! I liked it even if it’s a little handwavy, and math... (more) 


Math Takes a Holiday (2001) 
 Paul Di Filippo 

Saint Hubert and Saint Barbara, the two patron saints of mathematics,
pay a visit to a devout Catholic mathematics professor who has been
praying for a mathematical miracle to silence his mockers.... (more) 


Mathematician’s Heaven (1912) 
 Hunter Frances 

An utterly trite, juvenile story which one wants to rescue only because of its long age and the fact that it was published in something as cutely named as “Tipyn O’bob” (a magazine run by students... (more) 


The Mathematics of Magic (1940) 
 L. Sprague de Camp / Fletcher Pratt 

The "Enchanter Stories" by de Camp and Pratt are a very popular series of SF/fantasy stories whose protagonist, Harold Shea, is able to travel to other universes using symbolic logic. "The Mathematics... (more) 


Message Found in a Copy of Flatland (1983) 
 Rudy Rucker 

This is the story that answers the age old question: "What if Flatland was in the basement of a Pakistani restaurant in London?".
The answer is scarier than you might think, especially when you
realize... (more) 


The Mobius Trail (1948) 
 George Smith 

One Mr. Joseph Kingsley, after years of toiling and tooling, creates an electrical gadget which ends up acting very much like an open wormhole with both ends of the wormhole accessible, the kind you... (more) 


A Modern Comedy of Science (1936) 
 Issac Nathanson 

Prof. Newell “had a reputation for his profound researches into the realm of theoretical physics; a great mathematician in the thin heights where few could follow him. His lectures on the fourth dimension,... (more) 


The Moebius Room (1952) 
 Robert Donald Locke 

Tagline: “It was more than a vicious circle—it was a vicious square.”
A spyprisoner with no recollection of most of his identity or history (due to a suppressant chemical) finds himself trapped... (more) 


The Monopole Affair (2003) 
 Ken Wharton 

This short story in the May 2003 issue of Analog by physicist
Wharton includes references to the role of higher dimensions in string
theory.
References to string theory, but much more about physics than math (which gets a passing mention).
(more) 



Necroscope (Series) (1992) 
 Brian Lumley 

Harry Keogh is a "necroscope" who can communicate with the dead. So, when omens suggest that the Möbius strip and spacetime are going to be relevant to his plans in the near future, he goes straight... (more) 


The New Reality (1950) 
 Charles Leonard Harness 

The theme of this story concerns the idea that observation
determines reality, and takes it to a more profound level than
is usual in quantum mechanics. Along the way, the history of
π and of... (more) 


The Next Dimension (1947) 
 Vladimir Karapetoff 

"A Mathematical Play in Five Dialogs". Once again, we are treated to the
Flatland notion of twodimensional creatures
pondering a "hypothetical" three dimensional existence. Many of the usual
concerns... (more) 


Our Feynman Who Art in Heaven... (2007) 
 Paul Di Filippo 

A religious cult based on the Standard Model (of high energy physics)
has its headquarters in a tesseract.
This story, which is certainly more physical than mathematical, appears in the "Plumage from Pegasus" column in the February 2007 issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction and is available for free at their website.
(more) 


Out of the Sun: A Novel (1996) 
 Robert Goddard 

Harry Barnett (first introduced in the novel Into the
Blue) investigates the circumstances that lead to
his son's accident. The son, 33 year old math genius, lies in a coma
and the accident is somehow... (more) 


The Outer Limits (Episode: Behold, Eck!) (1964) 
 John Mantley (screenplay) / William R. Cox (story) 

In this episode of the classic science fiction series Outer Limits, a 2dimensional being trapped in our world is aided by Dr. Stone, an engineer described as being an expert in "optical geometry" and... (more) 


The Phantom of Kansas (1976) 
 John Varley 

A sublunar meteorological artist wakens from her memory
recording to learn that a serial killer has been murdering
her repeatedly, and is presumably still... (more) 


The Pikestaffe Case (1924) 
 Algernon Blackwood 

This quite unsatisfying yarn hangs its hat on the old idea of finding a way into a mirror to discover a new reality. The author waves his hands quite a bit to build an aura of mystery (by appealing... (more) 


Plane People (1933) 
 Wallace West 

A spaceoperatic story which implements Edwin Abbott's world of Flatland. A perfectly flat comet strikes earth at a glancing angle and sheers off a very small part, including a few people, who discover... (more) 



The Plattner Story (1896) 
 Herbert George Wells 

Gottfrieb Plattner disappears after an explosion for nine days.
Upon return, he recounts a strange tale of a parallel world.
More mathematically interesting, he discovers that he is now
lefthanded,... (more) 


A Presence Beyond the Shadows (2024) 
 David Lee Summers 

A math department chair's wife fears their house is haunted. She convinces him to bring home the goggles he invented that allow the wearer to see into the fourth dimension.
Mathematical terminology... (more) 


Private i (2022) 
 S. R. Algernon 

This very short story takes the form of a monologue from the operator of a hyperdimensional private detective service which utilizes complex numbers. The fact that it is delivered "as a onesided conversation"... (more) 


The Professor's Experiments  The Dimension of Time (1910) 
 Paul Bold 

There were 6 madcap scifi stories written by the author about one Prof. Mudgewood in the collection, “The Professor’s Experiments”. The sixth and last one appeared in the Idler Magazine in 1910.... (more) 


Project Flatty (1956) 
 Irving Cox Jr. 

A very, very nice tale of a doublefake, of phantasmical scenes and nightmares which lead one Rex Bannard to question what is real, what is contrived imagination, and whether we are creatures shackled... (more) 


The Pythagoras Problem (2019) 
 Trevor Baxendale 

A short story involving the 13th Doctor, a female, and (a drunken) Pythagoras, with his daughter, Myia. The piece deftly uses the idea that certain types of geometric patterns act as magical talismans... (more) 


Scandal in the Fourth Dimension (1934) 
 Amelia Reynolds Long (as "A.R. Long") 

This is yet another pulp "scifi" story about a math professor who discovers the fourth dimension, and it barely mentions any math. However, there are two things I find interesting about it.
One is... (more) 


The Second Moon (1939) 
 Russell R. Winterbotham 

This is one wreckage of a story; bad pulp fiction written way back when. It does have one or two decent points for an alert reader, like the observation that the presence of complex numbers in physical... (more) 


The Shape of Things (1948) 
 Ray Bradbury 

Neither Peter Horn nor his wife ever expected that their child would be a small blue pyramid of another dimension!
The story is a very poignant vignette of a pregnant woman, Polly, who, through... (more) 


Shell (1987) 
 Stephen Baxter 

Humanity, trapped and quarantined by the Xeelee in hyperspace (see "Stephen Baxter  The Eighth Room"), live on a spherical world apparently surrounded by a huge shell. The Shell harbors life and a group... (more) 


Skylark of Valeron (1934) 
 E. E. Doc Smith 

At first I was completely confused while reading this novel, until I read it through my pulpfictionofthethirties lens. Then it became fun and hilarious. Scientists are unemotional and ruthless;... (more) 


Solenoid (2015) 
 Mircea Cartarescu 

In this surrealistic existentialist novel, a school teacher in Romania (who has much in common with the author) seeks to escape from his boring life. A solenoid built into the foundation of his new house... (more) 


Space Bender (1928) 
 Edward Rementer 

This is another story which uses the convenient device of the fourth dimension for rapid spatial transport. This time, Prof. Jason Livermore is the one who disappears entirely from the face of the earth... (more) 


Spaceland (2002) 
 Rudy Rucker 

Yet another Flatland "sequel" in which silicon valley genius Joe Cube (an obvious reference to characters A. Square and A. Cube in Abbott's original) gets caught up in a war between fourdimensional beings... (more) 


Spacetime Donuts (1981) 
 Rudy Rucker 

The story is set in a chaotic setting (it's a Rucker novel!) of an allprovidingbutoppressive society. The society is controlled in large parts by a supercomputer, PhizWhiz, and its political masters.... (more) 


Star, Bright (1952) 
 Mark Clifton 

How would you feel if your daughter could make deep mathematical
discoveries, even when she was a toddler? If you were the parent of
little Star in this story, you'd feel a combination of pride and... (more) 


Surfing through Hyperspace (2001) 
 Clifford Pickover 

FBI agents investigate the disappearance of people abducted into the fourth dimension. Along the way, the agents learn about degrees of freedom, quaternions, nonorientable surfaces, mathematics of hyperspheres, and numerous other mathematics relating to higher spatial geometries.
(more) 


Sword Game (1968) 
 H.H. Hollis 

A topologist manages to create a timesmeared tesseract whose interior moves extremely slowly through time (from our perspecctive) while the exterior moves at the normal pace. He uses the tesseract to... (more) 


Tangents (1986) 
 Greg Bear 

There are far too many mathematical stories about finding a way to
travel into "other dimensions". Still, this one is one of my
favorites. Not only do we see a clever approach to this "old"
storyline,... (more) 


Technical Error (1946) 
 Arthur C. Clarke 

During the last phases of construction, a huge supercooled superconducting generator is accidentally given a surge of current. At that moment, an engineer is at the center of its field and is somehow... (more) 


Threshold (2006) 
 Bragi F. Schut/ Brannon Braga / David S. Goyer / Dan O'Shannon 

This science fiction TV series featured a sarcastic dwarf mathematician character. According to Mathematics Goes to the Movies, mathematical highlights included a 4dimensional alien object intersecting our world in the first episode, references to "isomorphic group therapy [sic]", "monotonic null sequences" and "quadratic reciprocity" in the second, and a strange statistical study in the 11th.
(more) 


Through the Black Board (1943) 
 Joel Rogers 

The tagline of the story says:
“Unexpectedly Tossed into the Fourth Dimension, Little Mathematics Professor Noel Gouf Has an Amazing Chance to Solve All of His Persona! Problems While Time Stands... (more) 


Through the Gates of the Silver Key (1934) 
 H.P. Lovecraft / E. Hoffmann Price 

"We read of the fantastic travels of the dreamer and mystic Randolph Carter as he
arrives at the Ultimate Gate separating the parallel dimensions and alternate
realities
of the Universe. The Gate... (more) 


Tiger by the Tail (1951) 
 A.G. Nourse 

A pocketbook contains a gateway to another universe, and a group of unlikely heroes tries to save ours from the aliens there by reaching in and grabbing it.
This is a cute short story, with a notparticularlysound... (more) 


The Time Machine (1895) 
 Herbert George Wells 

This famous early science fiction novel opens with a clever (and, if you
think ahead to the role of Minkowski Space in special relativity,
prophetic) lecture on "the fourth dimension". Of course, discussions... (more) 


The Time Ships (1995) 
 Stephen Baxter 

This sequel to H.G. Wells' classic "The Time Machine" updates the story with some quantum mechanics and general relativity that were not available to Wells in 1895.
Our narrator returns to the distant... (more) 


El Troiacord (2001) 
 Miquel de Palol 

It would be an understatement to refer to this massive novel as "complex". Written in Catalan and never translated (not even into Spanish), it is often published in multiple volumes. Adding the intricacy... (more) 


The Universe Broke Down (1941) 
 Robert Arthur 

Jeremiah Jupiter was an extremely rich, eccentric genius who built an antenna which could take some strange meteorite material called “magna” and amplify cosmic rays to disintegrate the magna, giving... (more) 


The Vanishing Man (1926) 
 Richard Hughes 

A very flimsy, lazy “story” about a professor who was writing a book called, “Multidimensional Perspective” with the narrator, and in the course of his investigations, found the fourth dimension,... (more) 


Vanishing Point (1959) 
 C.C. Beck 

The short story is another take on the true nature of reality and one man's quest to unmask it. It is more an idea piece than a fullfledged development. An artist, Carter, who is a trained mathematician... (more) 


A Victim of Higher Space (1917) 
 Algernon Blackwood 

This is another of the John Silence talltales, this time involving a man who learns to visualize 4dimensional space and then starts slipping in and out of the hyperspace. As he describes it,
"This... (more) 


A Wrinkle in Time (1962) 
 Madeleine L'Engle 

In this classic children's adventure story,
"time travel is explained as a tesseract, a five dimensional figure. By
traveling along the tesseract, one bypasses the space in between."
Usually,... (more) 


You Don't Scare Me (2007) 
 John Farris 

A math grad student at Yale is haunted by the memory and undead spirit of her abusive stepfather. Using her knowledge of the mathematics of "higher dimensions", she locates the coordinates of the "netherworld"... (more) 
