Weird are the conditions of the interdimensional struggle faced by Dr. White's ninety-nine men.
ncerned it would have no mass. The same is true of the other dimensions. Similarly a being of a lesser plane could not harm an inhabitant of a higher plane. It is apparent that while the Horror has lost one material dimension, it has retained certain fourth-dimensional properties which make it invulnerable to the forces at the command of our plane."
The newspaperman was now sitting on the edge of his chair.
"But," he asked breathlessly, "it all sounds so hopeless. What can be done about it?"
Dr. White hitched his chair closer and his fingers closed with a fierce grasp upon the other's knee. A militant boom came into his voice.
"My boy," he said, "we are to strike back. We are going to invade the fourth-dimensional plane of these hellhounds. We are going to make them feel our strength. We are going to strike back."
Henry Woods sprang to his feet.
"How?" he shouted. "Have you...?"
Dr. White nodded.
"I have found a way to send the third-dimensional into the
I greatly enjoyed this story, and liked the idea that our universe is simply artifacts of a higher dimension. The culture of the higher dimension surprised me (insofar as the way they got things done,) I was expecting something wonderous, but the whole story worked for me, I even liked the ending
As a young man, Clifford Simak was one of my favorite authors. While I found his writing style to be excellent, the story itself did not hold my attention. Perhaps it is that the world has changed radically over the past 50 years, and things that once roused the imagination no longer do so. This is an OK story, but not the special one I hoped for. Perhaps a younger reader might appreciate it more.
This tale of battle in the Fourth Dimension was a little too bizarre for this reviewer's taste.
Good start, interesting middle, and an ending that will have you scratching your head.
However, it is a short read and the individual reader may enjoy this pulpish venture into the field of SF.
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