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Diamond Dogs (2001)
Alistair Reynolds

This novella by a trained astrophysicist who has worked for the European Space Agency features an alien designed "death trap" that challenges people with difficult mathematical puzzles. In an interview, the author stated that he was inspired to write the story by the experiences of mountain climbers, who seem willing to risk life and limb for the sake of a challenge.

A visitor to this site named Dustin brought this story to my attention and says: "Subject matter it references are prime numbers, two dimensional shadows of four dimensional objects, and triangular numbers. Several topology questions are referenced as well."

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Works Similar to Diamond Dogs
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Cube by Vincenzo Natali (Director)
  2. Fermat's Room (La Habitacion de Fermat) by Luis Piedrahita / Rodrigo SopeƱa
  3. Border Guards by Greg Egan
  4. Six Thought Experiments Concerning the Nature of Computation by Rudy Rucker
  5. The Grass and Tree by Eliot Fintushel
  6. The Adventures of Topology Man by Alex Kasman
  7. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  8. The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
  9. Schild's Ladder by Greg Egan
  10. The Ganymede Club by Charles Sheffield
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GenreScience Fiction,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry, Algebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumNovels, Short Stories,

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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 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

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