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I can't seem to recall the title of a specific story.

The story was about a scientist, who, while testing out a machine that a former scientist was injured by, gets stuck in a two dimensional plane. He realizes by closing his eyes he can move about freely. The story concludes when he realizes that the plane is actually a Mobius strip and is able to turn off the machine before it exploded.

It was in an anthology with a preface by Isaac Asimov

I read it roundabout four or five years ago.

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    Sounds a little similar to "The 4D Doodler" by Graph Waldeyer, but that involves the 4th Dimension. However, there is a machine of sorts (it's a geometric construct) and people do get stuck in a different dimensional plane (the 4th dimension). Injuries do occur, in a sense - they are interpreted as injuries when its really just the ability to see "inside" parts of bodies due to their being in a different dimension. It lacks the Moebius and the exploding machine. It is from 1941. Read it for free by clicking the link above. – SynchronizeYourDogma Feb 9 '17 at 15:45
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Sifting through my library, I found the short story. It's "Turnabout" in a book titled Ends, by Gordon Dickson, also available via the Internet Archive.

  • Could you also add how you determined this was the novel you were looking for? Some plot details, maybe? This might help future visitors. – Gallifreyan May 31 '17 at 14:37
  • . . . or possibly link to reviews/on line sources etc – Binary Worrier May 31 '17 at 14:52
  • And which short story is it? – FuzzyBoots May 31 '17 at 14:56
  • Glad you found your story. Just out of curiosity, why did you use the "novel" tag? – user14111 May 31 '17 at 21:52

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