cover image Numbers Don't Lie

Numbers Don't Lie

Terry Bisson, . . Tachyon, $14.95 (163pp) ISBN 978-1-892391-32-2

To the honorable list of science-fictional nutty geniuses, among them Stanley G. Weinbaum's Prof. Haskel Van Manderpootz and J.U. Geisy's Dr. Xenophon Xerxes Zapt, add the name of Wilson Wu, the hero of Bisson's hilarious collection of three related stories filled with puns and inscrutable mathematical formulas. 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." He even brings back half of a dune buggy left behind by astronauts and casually explains the situation as "a periodic incongruent neotopological metaeuclidean adjacency." In the second tale, "The Edge of the Universe," Wu saves the expanding universe from shrinking. Finally, he patches "a hole in the fabric of space-time" in "Get Me to the Church on Time." Fans of the late Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will relish this irreverent but never smart-alecky spoof. Bisson has won Hugo, Nebula and other major SF awards. (Dec.)