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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Works Similar to Souls in the Great Machine
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Three-Body Problem by Cixim Liu (author) / Ken Liu (translator)
  2. Into the Comet by Arthur C. Clarke
  3. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  4. The Cambist and Lord Iron by Daniel Abraham
  5. Forgotten Milestones in Computing No. 7: The Quenderghast Bullian Algebraic Calculator by Alex Stewart
  6. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  7. The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke / Stephen Baxter
  8. Bloom by Wil McCarthy
  9. To Hold Infinity by John Meaney
  10. Panda Ray by Michael Kandel
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
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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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