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First published in The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction (November 1956 issue) by Isaac Asimov, this is a Science Fiction Short Story about a Deal with the Devil involving More than Three Dimensions.

Isidore Welby has signed a Deal with the Devil to gain a decade of good living, but now comes the price. He has until noon to find a way out from a perfectly locked room. If he succeeds, then he'll be made a full devil. If he fails, he will be merely a damned soul, suffering torture for eternity. Welby surprises his captor twice; by finding the way out, and by finding a loophole in the contract, too. A supernatural twist on the Locked Room Mystery.

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"Gimmicks Three" has been reprinted several times; Earth is Room Enough (1957), Deals With The Devil (1958), Galaxy (issue #58, Italian edition, 1963), Fiction (issue #148, French edition, 1966), Special Wonder Volume 1 (1971), The Far Ends Of Time And Earth (1979), Devils & Demons: A Treasury of Fiendish Tales Old & New (1987), and The Complete Stories, Volume 1 (1990).


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