Short story: “Elsewhere”

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“Elsewhere,” by Benjamin Rosenbaum

Appeared here in the June 18th, 2012 issue of Strange Horizons (donate here)

897 words

Just when I was getting tired of formulaic science-fiction worldbuilding, it turns out there’s mathematical fiction. Like Flatland, only not. I like how this story stays true to its weird premise. There are enough familiar and concrete elements to keep it readable, but not enough to make the math seem like a clumsy extended metaphor. Nicely written, too. But I don’t get the point of the plot or the (bittersweet?) ending. Why does Not Very care about infinity—after breakfast or at any other time?