MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

...
Statistician's Day (1970)
James Blish
(click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author)
...

Contributed by "William E. Emba"

An aging novelist and Nobel Prize winner gives what he knows is his last interview. But rather than take questions, he has rather pointed ones of his own, based on his twenty years of statistical analyses of the obituary pages. He claims to have identified the real way that zero population growth has been achieved (using plausible sounding statistical terminology), right down to predicting the day of his own death (using plausible sounding Malthusian economics and an implausible sounding reference to projective geometry).

Originally appeared in Anthony Cheetham (ed) SCIENCE AGAINST MAN.

Buy this work of mathematical fiction and read reviews at amazon.com. Amazon.com logo
(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 Statistician's Day
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Last Starship from Earth by John Boyd
  2. Drunkard's Walk by Frederik Pohl
  3. Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick
  4. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  5. Jack of Eagles by James Blish
  6. The Stochastic Man by Robert Silverberg
  7. The Year of the Jackpot by Robert A. Heinlein
  8. The Outer Limits (Episode: Behold, Eck!) by John Mantley (screenplay) / William R. Cox (story)
  9. Problem Child by Arthur Porges
  10. The Non-Statistical Man by Raymond F. Jones
Ratings for Statistician's Day:
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.
(unrated)

PLEASE HELP US OUT BY ENTERING YOUR OWN RATINGS FOR THIS WORK.

Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifFuture Prediction through Math,
TopicProbability/Statistics,
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 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)