SF writers make up monsters for a kids' writing program


6 Responses to “SF writers make up monsters for a kids' writing program”

  1. Elijah Meeks says:

    That’s some scary cake. Gives a whole new take on metacrap…

  2. Church says:

    Awesome idea, and good on you for contributing.

    That said, I’d love to just hand these kids the original Monster Manual.

  3. AnthonyC says:

    Good idea, but the 4-D geometry is just a little bit off. You wouldn’t necessarily see Hyperman as a series of slices (though it is possible); a 4-D sphere (technically a 3-sphere) would still look like a ball, it would just be able to grow and shrink on its own.
    Oh, and Hyperman would be able to poke your internal organs without touching your skin, or put things in your stomach or whatever.

    Also, about the cake thing, while that’s true for sugars, starches, and proteins, not all fats are chiral. There could still be some calories, just not nearly as many.


    • sfazzios says:

      Yeah, the only way I figure you would see a 4-D person as series of 2-D slices would be if it were actually a 3-D person existing in 4-D space. This is analogous to how if there were a 2-D person in 3-D space, it would intersect with a 2-D space as a series of lines (either that, or if it happened to intersect while parallel, the entire body would suddenly appear then disappear).

    • AnthonyC says:

      Btw also about the food/mirror image thing: I’m told that’s what Alice was asking when she wondered if looking glass milk was good to drink. I have no idea if chemists in Lewis Caroll’s time even knew about chirality, but my organic chem professor really like Alice in Wonderland.

  4. cerement says:

    First came across that whole “inversion” thing reading Roger Zelazny’s Doorways in the Sand published back in 1975 …

    And going in the opposite dimensional direction is the classic 1884 novel Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott …

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