“-And He Built a Crooked House-” by Robert HeinleinJuly 4, 2010
The Book: “-And He Built a Crooked House-” by Robert Heinlein. Story originally published in 1941 by Astounding Science Fiction. Read in the anthology Where Do We Go from Here? edited by Isaac Asimov published by Fawcett Crest in 1972.
The Setting: Hollywood, California, Earth
The Story: An architect builds a house in the shape of an unfolded tesseract, but does it a little too well and an earthquake shakes it into an actual fourth spatial dimension.
The Science: Tesseracts, as a geometric figure, are a thing. And you could build a house in the shape of an unfolded tesseract. But would is an earthquake capable of shaking such a thing into an actual fourth spatial dimension? I very much doubt it… UNLESS THE EARTHQUAKE WERE IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION. Yeah, or not. When has an earthquake ever shook an unfolded cube into a cube? If that’s happened, maybe we can talk.
The Reaction: Neat idea, good characters, great story. Lots of fun, and makes your brain hurt too.
The Cover: A generalized science fiction anthology cover with what may be planets or molecules or whatever. But mostly, ASIMOV.
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