a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

Freemium (2021)
Louis Evans

A man whose ethically questionable internet scheme made him a billionaire gets even more rich and powerful when unknown aliens provide him with factorizations of large integers and predictions of the stock market. But, don't worry, justice is eventually served...with a side order of dramatic irony.

Allan Goldberg suggested I include this short story which appeared in the "Futures" column of the journal Nature (March 31, 2021).

More information about this work can be found at
(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)

Works Similar to Freemium
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Eye of the Beholder by Alex Kasman
  2. Path Correction by Sylvia Wenmackers
  3. Location, velocity, end point by Matt Tighe
  4. The First Task of My Internship by Ziyin Xiong
  5. Applied Mathematical Theology by Gregory Benford
  6. Not a Chance by Peter Haff
  7. Private i by S. R. Algernon
  8. The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine by Greg Egan
  9. Borzag and the Numerical Apocalypse by Jason Earls
  10. The Pacifist by Arthur C. Clarke
Ratings for Freemium:
RatingsHave you seen/read this work of mathematical fiction? Then click here to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage.
Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreHumorous, Science Fiction,
MotifAliens, Future Prediction through Math,
TopicComputers/Cryptography, Algebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

Home All New Browse Search About

Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)