Sci-Fan Review

Sci-Fan Review

Kian Pfannenstiel, Editor

In eighth grade, Miss Marta had us (at least the current Juniors, I don’t know about the rest of y’all) read the book A Wrinkle in Time, and let me tell you, I have a lot to say about that hot sack of snake dung.

It should be noted that I am referring only to the book and neither of the movies. I’ve heard they’re both terrible, but I haven’t seen either of them.

It seemed to me while reading it that the author (I don’t really care to know her name, so I’ll just call her Septic, a play on another author’s name, Septys) wanted to write a book whose only purpose was to flex her big ol’ brain muscle on those of us who don’t know her extraordinary amount of very rudimentary and basic physics and mathematics concepts.

For instance, relatively early on in the book she describes a tesseract as a phenomenon that the three witches can incur where space-time bends to make a mile shorter in relation to you (basically, instead of taking 1000 steps to go X meters, you only take 50 steps). In reality, a tesseract is basically just a cube but in four dimensions (credit to Noah Seys for telling me this). Think of how a cube is a three dimensional polyhedral where each side is the same length and each angle is the same measure. A tesseract is the same thing but four dimensional.

I also found that the story was all over the place and rather contrived or convoluted (I really hope I used those words in the right context). There was little to no development of any of the places they visit. There was enough to show that, for instance, a place is a good or bad place, but not enough to show how it got that way or how it managed to stay that way.

If you’ve read the book you know the source, but if you haven’t, don’t it isn’t worth it to know what I’m talking about.