MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Imaginary Numbers : An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings (1999)
William Frucht (editor)
Highly Rated!

Although it is nice to see a more recent collection of mathematical stories (published in 1999), I'm afraid that many of these works seem only tenuously connected to mathematics at best. Stories about the many-world interpretation of quantum mechanics and poems written by computers, for instance, are apparently "mathematical" to the editor, though to me they appear misplaced in a collection with this title. Still, I am glad to have found and read this collection for at least a few of its entries have stayed with me. (Most notably the short story "Schwarzschild's Radius" has haunted me since I read it weeks ago!)
For more details (and more of my opinions) see the review of this book which was published in the AMS Notices.

Contributed by Henri

This is a classic collection. Half to two-thirds of the stories are amazing. Even the so-so ones was probably just over my head.

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Ratings for Imaginary Numbers : An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings:
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Mathematical Content:
3.75/5 (6 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.85/5 (7 votes)
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