Science Fiction Puzzle Tales Author:Martin Gardner Clarkson N. Potter Paperback First Edition 1981. Foreword by Isaac Asimov. Preface; How to Use this Book; 36 story puzzles; three sets of possible answers; bibliography. Same ISBN as the Hardcover with the same cover picture. — Introducing robots, bacteriophages, toroids and Omniscient Rational Advance Calculators of Local Events in a thoroughl... more »y delightful and perplexing collection of science fiction puzzle tales. Mathematical wizard Martin Gardner, the much-celebrated author of the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American, has devised thirty-six stories, each containing challenging problems based on geometry, logarithms, topology, probability, weird number sequences, logic, and virtually every other aspect of mathematics as well as wordplay. Titles include:
Lost on Capra • Space Pool • Machismo on Byronia • The Third Dr. Moreau • The Voyage of the Bagel • The Great Ring of Neptune • The Postage Stamps of Philo Tate • Captain Tittlebaum’s Test • The Three Robots of Professor Tinker • How Bagson Bagged a Board Game • The Explosion of Blabbage’s Oracle • No Vacancy at the Aleph-Null Inn ... and more.
Originally published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, the puzzles are collected here in one volume for the first time, with a foreword by Mr. Asimov. Brilliant, amusing, and sometimes even quite racy, these thirty-six brainteasers will help you sharpen your wits and prepare for takeoff into uncharted universes of the future.« less