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Luck be a Lady (2009)
Dean Wesley Smith
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

A seriously bizarre story about how Laverne, the Goddess of Luck, has gone missing, and superheroes Poker Boy, Front Desk Lady, and Screamer go looking for her, only to discover that the Bookkeeper has mathematically proven that Chance does not exist, and now Reality is changing. It takes an emergency appeal to the Gods of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry to save the Universe.

One of two mathematical stories in Denise Little's anthology Intelligent Design. (See also Year of the Rat).

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Categories:
GenreHumorous, Science Fiction,
MotifReligion,
TopicProbability/Statistics,
MediumShort Stories,

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