Numbers Don't Lie by Terry Bisson

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Now you can get Terry Bisson’s three Wilson Wu novelettes in one place, including the Hugo-nominated “Get Me to the Church on Time”. Wilson’s been a rock musician, an engineer, and a pastry chef; he graduated law school and passed the bar on the first try. Drawn into adventure by his friend Irv, another lawyer with a talent for stumbling on strange phenomena, Wilson crunches the numbers. Together they find a junkyard dedicated to Volvos that conceals a rift in the space-time continuum, and a beaded seat cushion in a vacant lot that heralds the premature collapse of the universe. And when an airport baggage claim works like clockwork . . . ? Check out the math (Bisson has scrupulously illustrated the stories with formulas, all of which have been reviewed for “elegance” by famed mathematician Rudy Rucker), and discover for yourself that NUMBERS DON’T LIE.

About Terry Bisson

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Terry Bisson is the author of Talking Man, Fire on the Mountain, The Pickup Artist, and Any Day Now. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards. He is best known for his short fiction, which has been collected in Bears Discover Fire, In the Upper Room, Greetings, and TVA Baby. Terry is the editor of the Outspoken Authors Series published by PM Press. In conjunction with Tachyon Publications, Bisson hosts the monthly SF in SF reading series in San Francisco.
Published July 2, 2001 by Inc.. 220 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No piker, Wu manages to walk, in "one long step for mankind," from an auto repair garage in a nondescript part of Brooklyn directly to the moon in "The Hole in the Hole."

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In Numbers Don't Lie, Terry Bisson offers three tall tales underpinned by some suitably weird physics (which I assume is genuine, though it hardly matters).

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The weakest is the third, in which Irving returns to New York and finds that the impossible happens -- planes land exactly on time, subway trains arrive when they are supposed -- because the former winner of the Nobel Prize for real estate is stealing all the connective time in order to create hi...

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