Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Things Exist By Imitation of Numbers
A new story of mine, "Things Exist By Imitation of Numbers", is up at Daily Science Fiction.
It's the fruit of the Numbers Quartet project I mentioned earlier, with Stephen Gaskell,
Aliette de Bodard, and Nancy Fulda.
Let me know what you think...
Posted by benrosen at January 18, 2012 01:15 PM
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not sure i understood exactly what you were getting at in this story. it left me rather confused
I do so like subtlety that I always run the risk of confusing everyone. Did you read the author's note? It's a sort of whimsical alternate history about if the ancient cult of the Pythagoreans survived into the present and was right about everything...
no i don't believe i saw any author's note. this may shed new light in the dark wickerbasket of the fiction
Nice story. It really is about what is often referred to as the Harmony of the Spheres that united astronomy, pure mathematics and music. A beautiful, if incorrect, point of view that began to die in the 17th Century with Newton and his forbears.
I didn't understand the relevance of the Golden Ratio.
It is indeed about the Harmony of the Spheres, which was a Pythagorean invention, and other Pythagorean ideas, including the golden ratio, Pythagorean ideas about musical tuning, silence, secrecy, numbers having primary philosophical reality, and avoiding beans.