MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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Big Numbers (1990)
Alan Moore / Bill Sienkiewicz
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This comic book (written by Moore and illustrated by Sienkiewicz) was planned as a 12 issue series with a mathematics theme. Unfortunately, due to a lack of cooperation by the artist (and also a substitute artist) the series never got past issue 2. Rumors suggest that Moore may be arranging a television mini-series of Big Numbers.

Contributed by Marco Abate

Unfortunately never completed, this story would have combined chaos theory, the Mandelbrot set and ordinary life in Northampton, UK. The first two issues are fascinating and tantalizing; who knows what the whole work would have been if completed.

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Works Similar to Big Numbers
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Strange Attractors by Charles Soule (author) / Greg Scott (Illustrator)
  3. 1963 by Alan Moore
  4. Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (writer) / PJ Holden (artist)
  5. Il Lemma di Levemberg by Marco Abate (writer) / S. Natali (artist)
  6. The Adventures of Topology Man by Alex Kasman
  7. It was the Monster from the Fourth Dimension by Al Feldstein
  8. Feigenbaum Number by Nancy Kress
  9. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  10. Strange Attractors by William Sleator
Ratings for Big Numbers:
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Mathematical Content:
1.5/5 (2 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
Motif
TopicChaos/Fractals,
MediumComic Book,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)