(FLATLAND) (fantasies based on extrapolations of a 2-dimensional universe, some semi-documentary)
(Completeness of listing for Flatland works unknown)
Edwin A(bbott) Abbott: (U.K., 1839 - 1926)
Charles Hinton: (U.S.A., ? - ?)
An Episode of Flatland 1907
Dionys Burger: (Netherlands, ? - ?)
Sphereland 1957? 1965? [a]
A(lexander) K(eewatin) Dewdney: ( )
Two-Dimensional Science and Technology [b] 1979 (small monograph)
[revised edition] 1980
A Symposium on Two-Dimensional
Science and Technology 1981 (anth., ed. Dewdney)
The Planiverse: Computer Contact
with a Two-Dimensional World c1983, p1984 (mixture of fiction and quasi-documentary) [c]
Martin Gardner: (U.S.A., 1914 - )
[Article in Scientific American] July 1980 [d] (non-fiction)
Ian Stewart: ( )
Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So 2001
[a] Year of publication of Sphereland: I've seen the two years given here in different sources. I've never seen the book, so I can't resolve this at present.
[b] Two-Dimensional Science and Technology: It is not clear whether Dewdney published this in the regular fashion, or had it privately printed, then handed out copies to people himself. In any case, according to the "Acknowledgments" at the end of his The Planiverse, he says that interest in the volume was stimulated by Martin Gardner's Scientific American article (listed, and mentioned in note [d]), and that, as a result, his entire stock was exhausted, and the volume has not been reprinted since (as of 1983, at least, when this was discussed in The Planiverse).
[c] "mixture of fiction and quasi-documentary": The book is based on extrapolations of a computer simulation of a 2-dimensional universe set by Dewdney as an assignment for his Computer Science students, an exercise which was inspired by Edwin Abbott's original Flatland. As well as the usual fictional elements of story-line, characters, and the like, much of the book is a quite scientific examination of the science, technology, way of life, and culture of the 2-dimensional planet. Its level of detail is quite impressive and plausible, given the impossible premise of a 2-dimensional universe.
[d] [Article in Scientific American]: I don't know the title of the article, but it should be easier to find out, and even to obtain a copy of, than to obtain some of the other works listed here. It is something I will perhaps do at some time.