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Buried Alive at the End of the World (2011)
Blair Bourrassa
Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for hardcore fans of science fiction and literati.

A completely paralyzed mathematician receives congratulations from colleagues and other hospital visitors on the culmination of his research in a large scale physics experiment that is about to be conducted..but is incapable of telling them about his latest grave realization regarding its consequences.

It is a bit strange for me to refer to this story as "wonderful", since the tale it tells is horrific, but that is the word I would like to use. Perhaps I can say that it is wonderfully horrible, a masterfully created nightmare.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  6. The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  7. Rites of Love and Math by Edward Frenkel / Reine Graves
  8. Stay Close, Little Ghost by Oliver Serang
  9. The Capacity for Infinite Happiness by Alexis von Konigslow
  10. Towel Season by Ron Carlson
Ratings for Buried Alive at the End of the World:
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
5/5 (1 votes)

MotifMath as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,
TopicMathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories,

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