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Can You Name This Story? (Part 16)

Another reader writes in with a story description looking for a title.

Do any of our readers out there know the title of this story? Warm up your memories…this is a tough one with few details:

I’m nearly 60 years old, so the SF I’m talking about is pretty old. In any case, here goes: Many, many years ago, I read a book where a traveler to another planet wrote “2 + 2 = 4” in the sand, and the sane shifted until the inscription read “2 + 2 ~ 4.” Any idea of the book I’m looking for?

– Steve O.

Can you name this story?

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3 Comments on Can You Name This Story? (Part 16)

  1. Allen Edwards // July 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm //

    Eight Keys to Eden, by Mark Clifton





  2. Allen Edwards // July 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm //

    Whups! Not an e-book (sigh) … just pointers to sellers … well, one e-book version (Kindle) … geez, i’m searching as I edit this … what’d we DO before Google? Actually, I remember (64+ y/o) … we wrote these off to “I’m SURE I know that … but damn, it’s gone.”

  3. Thanks, Allen. 


    FYI, Steve…”Eight Keys to Eden” is available for free online.


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