a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

The Third Party (2004)
David Moles

Contributed by "William E. Emba"

Two conflicting groups of humans make contact with a forgotten human world. One of the natives turns out to be a brilliant mathematician, independently discovering Cantor's diagonalization argument, and is confused that a colleague considers it obvious.

This short story appeared in the September 2004 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

(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 The Third Party
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Context by John Meaney
  2. The Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg
  3. Turing (A Novel About Computation) by Christos Papadimitriou
  4. White Light, or What is Cantor's Continuum Problem? by Rudy Rucker
  5. Cantor's War by Christopher Anvil
  6. The Extraordinary Hotel or the Thousand and First Journey of Ion the Quiet by Naum Ya. Vilenkin
  7. The Infinite Assassin by Greg Egan
  8. Art Thou Mathematics? by Charles Mobbs
  9. Planck Time by Michael Iwoleit
  10. The Exploration of Space by Barrington J. Bayley
Ratings for The Third Party:
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.


GenreScience Fiction,
TopicInfinity, Logic/Set Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

Home All New Browse Search About

May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the 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)