"Psst, c'mere," said the
shifty-eyed man wearing a long black trenchcoat, as he beckoned me off the rainy
street into a damp dark alley. I followed. |
"What are you selling?" I asked.
"Geometrical algebra drugs."
"Geometry drugs. Ya got your uppers, your downers, your sidewaysers, your
"Stop right there," I interrupted. "I've never heard of inside-outers."
"Oh, man, you'll love 'em. Makes you feel like M.C. ever-lovin' Escher on a
particularly weird day."
"OK, your inside-outers, your arbitrary bilinear mappers, and here, heh, here
are the best ones," he said, pulling out a large clear bottle of orange pills.
"What are those, then?" I asked.
"Givens transformers. They'll rotate you about more planes than you even knew
"Sounds gross. What about those bilinear mappers?"
"There's a whole variety of them. Here's one you'll love -- they call it 'One
Over Z' on the street. Take one of these little bad boys and you'll be on
speaking terms with the Point at Infinity."