MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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A Matter of Mathematics (1999)
Brian Wilson Aldiss
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A space/time shortcut is found connecting the earth to the moon. Its use provokes an alien response, consisting of a device encoding within it some very strange mathematics.

(For those interested, the title story of the Aldiss collection was the original inspiration for Kubrick/Spielberg's AI.)

Also published as "The Apollo Asteroid". In Crowther and Greenberg (eds) "Moon Shots".

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  1. White Mars : or, the mind set free : a 21st Century Utopia by Brian Wilson Aldiss / Roger Penrose
  2. The Logic Pool by Stephen Baxter
  3. Fillet of Man by Eliot Fintushel
  4. Border Guards by Greg Egan
  5. Aurora in Four Voices by Catherine Asaro
  6. Touching Centauri by Stephen Baxter
  7. Antibodies by Charles Stross
  8. Imaginary Numbers : An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings by William Frucht (editor)
  9. Algorithms and Nasal Structures by Lois H. Gresh
  10. Diamond Dogs by Alistair Reynolds
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