"The Monster from Nowhere" , een kort verhaal van Nelson S. Bond , ook het antwoord op deze oude vraag ; oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd in Fantastic Adventures , juli 1939 , verkrijgbaar bij het internetarchief . Het begint op p. 291 van de 1963 paperback-editie van Groff Conklin 's bundel uit 1946 Het beste van Science Fiction .
The thing changed! As I watched, there seemed to be, at one time, a globular piece of matter twisting on the rod. An instant later, the globe had turned into a triangle—then into something remotely resembling a cube. It was constantly in motion; constantly in flux. But here is the curious part. It did not change shape slowly, as an amoeba, so that you could watch the sphere turn into an oblong; the oblong writhed into a formless blob of flesh. It made these changes instantaneously!
De 'Flatlander' in het volgende fragment is geen echt personage in het verhaal, hij maakt deel uit van een gedachte-experiment dat wordt gebruikt om het concept uit te leggen.
I said, "I told you I didn't have a scientific mind, Butch. What does all this mean?"
Butch said patiently, "I have merely been establishing a thought-pattern, Len, so you can grasp the next step of my reasoning. Forget the Flatlander now—or, rather, try to think of us as being in his place!
"Would we not, to a creature whose natural habitat is a higher plane than ours, appear much the same sort of projection as the Flatlander is to us?
"Suppose a creature of this higher plane projected a portion of himself into our dimension—as I projected my finger into Flatland. We would not be able to see all of him, just as the Flatlander could not see all of us. We would see only a tri-dimensional cross-section of him; as the Flatlander saw a bi-dimensional cross-section of us!"
This time I got it. I gasped:
"Then you think that thing in the work-shed is a cross-section of a creature from the—"
"Yes, Len. From the Fourth Dimension!"