MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Souls in the Great Machine (1999)
Sean McMullen
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Souls in the Great Machine is apparently a post-ecological-apocalypse SF novel in which a powerful multiprocessing computer is built out of human beings manipulating abaci. Has anyone out there read Sean McMullen's other SF novels? Please write to me with more information! They apparently have some math in them, but I can't find a copy or a good description of any of them.

Contributed by Vijay Fafat

The premise behind the story "Souls in the Great Machine" by Sean McMullen appears to be the same as the one behind A C Clarke's story "Into the Comet", where the computer on board a spaceship chasing a comet fails and the entire crew has to learn to do calculations on an abacus to plot a trajectory back to earth.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  3. The Cambist and Lord Iron by Daniel Abraham
  4. Forgotten Milestones in Computing No. 7: The Quenderghast Bullian Algebraic Calculator by Alex Stewart
  5. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  6. Panda Ray by Michael Kandel
  7. Habitus by James Flint
  8. Dark as Day by Charles Sheffield
  9. Bloom by Wil McCarthy
  10. White Mars : or, the mind set free : a 21st Century Utopia by Brian Wilson Aldiss / Roger Penrose
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
Motif
TopicComputers/Cryptography,
MediumNovels,

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