MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Geometria (1987)
Guillermo del Toro (Writer and Director)
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A boy whose father has died and who is in danger of failing his math class summons a demon, asking him to reunite his family and to ensure that he never fails geometry again. Both wishes are granted, though not as the boy had hoped, and this is due at least in part to his difficulties with geometry.

This gory short film was an early work by the now famous director Guillermo del Toro. It is loosely based on the story Naturally by Fredric Brown.

Thanks to Steve Green who wrote to tell me about its existence and also pointed out that it is posted on YouTube (although it looks like it was made by pointing a camera at a television screen and so the image quality is very low).

More information about this work can be found at www.imdb.com.
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Works Similar to Geometria
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Naturally by Fredric Brown
  2. The Devil a Mathematician Would Be by A.J. Lohwater
  3. The Devil and Simon Flagg by Arthur Porges
  4. I of Newton by Joe Haldeman
  5. A Logical Magician by Robert Weinberg
  6. Necroscope (Series) by Brian Lumley
  7. Old Fillikin by Joan Aiken
  8. The Lions in the Desert by David Langford
  9. Vampire World (Trilogy) by Brian Lumley
  10. Nightscape: The Dreams of Devils by David W. Edwards
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreFantasy, Horror,
Motif
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumFilms, Available Free Online,

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