Author: Edwin Abbott
First published in 1884, "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” is English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott’s classic work of science fiction. With the use of a geometric theme, Abbott weaves the fascinating tale of “A Square”, an inhabitant of “Flatland”, a two-dimensional world where women are portrayed as simple line-segments and men are represented as polygons whose social status is determined by the number and regularity of their sides. Through this device Abbott satirizes the seemingly arbitrary hierarchy of the Victorian era. In addition to a brilliant work of satire “Flatland” is a thought-provoking examination of the bounds of physical space. On the eve of the third millennium “A Square” dreams of a one-dimensional world, “Lineland”, that is inhabited by “lustrous points”.