“The Four-Sided Triangle,” William F. Temple, 1939

“The Four-Sided Triangle,” William F. Temple, 1939 – Three friends engaged in an art-replicating business realize that they can also replicate human bodies.  One creates a duplicate of the female member of the trio, who is in love with the other man.  Each man is then paired with a version of the woman, who are like sisters to each other.  But was the original woman’s love for the first man duplicated when she was created?  If so, which woman should be with him?  The two decide to take an airplane trip, but the plane crashes. The death of one of the two women causes a near-return to the original love triangle situation.  But, is the surviving woman the original or the duplicate?

Comments: A story of simulacra, gender, and authenticity.  Reminds me a bit of Walter Banjamin’s analysis of replication and aura.  Read in Great Science Fiction Stories of 1939.  The story was made into the move The Four-Sided Triangle. 

Author: Wikipedia: “William Frederick Temple (1914–1989) was a British science fiction writer. He was a member of the British Interplanetary Society and involved in science fiction fandom before writing.”


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