MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Killion (1982)
Ian Frazier
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Fans of Monty Python will recall the joke so funny that anyone who reads it dies laughing. Frazier brings us the mathematical analogue: a number so big that it kills anyone who tries to think about it. This is the only mathematical story in the funny collection called "Dating your Mom".

(To the person who just voted to give this story a 50,000 in "literary quality": I didn't die laughing...but that was pretty funny. Thanks. I'm afraid I didn't count your vote of 5 for "mathematical content" either. I mean, it is quite obvious that this story has a lot less math in it than something like A Certain Ambiguity. Use realistic values next time and I'll count it.)

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Works Similar to The Killion
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. A Killer Theorem by Colin Adams
  2. BLIT by David Langford
  3. Cardano and the Case of the Cubic by Jeff Adams
  4. Pythagoras's Darkest Hour by Colin Adams
  5. Message Found in a Copy of Flatland by Rudy Rucker
  6. A New Golden Age by Rudy Rucker
  7. De Impossibilitate Vitae and Prognoscendi by Stanislaw Lem
  8. Tracking the Random Variable by Marcos Donnelly
  9. The Chair of Philanthromathematics by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
  10. The Gangs of New Math by Robert W. Vallin
Ratings for The Killion:
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous,
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MediumShort Stories,

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