MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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(Note: This is not the entire list of works of Mathematical Fiction. To see the entire list, click here.)
Dr. No: A Novel (2022)
Percival Everett
In Everett's prequel to the James Bond thriller, Dr. No is a math professor specializing in "nothing" who is recruited by an evil millionaire. The millionaire also has a "henchwoman" named Eigen Vector... (more)
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The Singularities (2022)
John Banville
This ambitious work may be the capstone to the body of work by the critically acclaimed Irish novelist, John Banville. The closing words suggest that it is a finale to his career. And a clever plot conceit... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-11-18 22:06:46
Strike Your Heart (2017)
Amélie Nothomb
This French novel is primarily about jealousy and how it poisons relationships between women. However, one recurring minor character is a Fields medalist working in topology. Like many mathematicians... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-11-18 16:41:57
The Long Slow Orbits (1967)
H.H. Hollis
Tagline: Nice prison! It was a Klein bottle in orbit - easy to escape from, if you didn't mind turning inside out! A sensitively written, poignant vignette of mankind and society spread out... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-11-16 20:01:43
The Universe Broke Down (1941)
Robert Arthur
Jeremiah Jupiter was an extremely rich, eccentric genius who built an antenna which could take some strange meteorite material called “magna” and amplify cosmic rays to disintegrate the magna, giving... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-11-09 12:14:48
Pure Math (1992)
John Timson
A mildly funny and fairly predictable time travel story involving a stand-alone time loop created by information sent back in time. Jacob Appel is a “Nobel Laureate and the man acknowledged by nearly... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-11-08 08:23:39
Mathe-Matti (2022)
Anuradha Mahasinghe
A collection of mathematical fiction short stories published in the country of Sri Lanka by Sayura Books. Unfortunately, I do not read Sinhalese and so have not been able to enjoy it myself, but the author... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-10-25 16:54:34
A Map for the Missing (2022)
Belinda Huijuan Tang
Tang Yitian, a Chinese-American math professor who grew up in China shortly after the revolution, undertakes a journey to find his estranged father. Anti-intellectualism always made it hard for Yitian... (more)
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Eversion (2022)
Alastair Reynolds
One supporting character in this science fiction novel is a young mathematician whose solution to a problem involving sphere eversion is essential to the success of the mission. But, as it is not clear... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-10-17 10:00:52
Arithmetic Town / Arithmetic (1996)
Todd McEwen
This novel puts you into the stream of consciousness of Joe Lake, a boy growing up in California in the 1950s. For him, arithmetic represents all that is wrong with his world. It is difficult, ugly,... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-10-04 09:43:17
Special Meal (2021)
Josh Malerman
This story about a young girl enjoying her favorite meal with her family takes place in a dystopian society where knowledge of math is illegal. In fact, her brother recently reported a friend of his to... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-25 22:05:16
The Second Moon (1939)
Russell R. Winterbotham
This is one wreckage of a story; bad pulp fiction written way back when. It does have one or two decent points for an alert reader, like the observation that the presence of complex numbers in physical... (more)
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Probabilitea (2019)
John Chu
When it said at the beginning of this story that "Katie’s father...is a physical manifestation of Order and Chaos," I presumed at first it meant that metaphorically. In fact, it means that Katie's... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-12 16:43:32
The Rabbit Factor [Jäniskerroin] (2020)
Antti Tuomainen
After his anti-social tendencies get him fired from his job as an actuary, the mathematically obsessed Henri inherits his deceased brother's adventure park, along with his tremendous debt to a dangerous... (more)
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Lost in the Math Museum (2022)
Colin Adams
Teenager Kallie, who doesn't particularly care for math, gets trapped in a math museum with her father and his friend Maria. They endure horrific dangers and meet the ghosts of famous mathematicians (as... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-08 13:20:05
Parade's End (1924)
Ford Madox Ford
Although the British aristocracy, women's liberation, marital infidelity, and World War I are more important to this acclaimed novel, math arises a few times since the primary protagonist, Tietjens, is... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-28 11:23:44
Prost, der Faust-Tragödie (-n)ter Teil [Prost: the (-n)th Part of the Faust Tragedy] (1882)
Kurd Lasswitz
A poem written in German about a character named "Prost" who is stumped by a particularly difficult differential equation. He drinks a lot of beer (in keeping with his name, which is the German equivalent... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-16 14:00:56
iPhone SE (2022)
Weike Wang
Without being asked to do so, a Chinese-American woman's malfunctioning smartphone assistant begins teaching her about math, starting with the importance of the number zero and going up to solving systems... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-15 10:33:37
Going Out (2002)
Scarlett Thomas
A group of unusual friends go on a journey to Wales to meet with a healer who they hope can help each of them with their problems. The group consists of Luke (who is unable to go outside due to allergies... (more)
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Perturbation - For Nature Computes On A Straight Line (In Seven Balancing Acts) (2022)
Vijay Fafat
A mathematical physicist tests the equations of her "Theory of Everything" (TOE) by simulating them on a computer. Due to the complexity of the actual TOE, the simulation utilizes numerical approximations... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-01 10:38:06
Squate (2022)
Tom Blackford
In this cute story, a thirteen year old girl becomes good friends with the square root of eight. From "Squate", she learns not only facts about math but also things about other people who are working... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-01 09:11:10
Randall and the River of Time (1950)
Cecil Scott Forester
Charles Randall meets two people who change his life while he is on leave from fighting in World War I: a patent lawyer for whom he designs an improved flare and the seductive wife of a fellow soldier.... (more)
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The Sabre Squadron (1966)
Simon Raven
Daniel Mond, a British PhD candidate in mathematics, finds himself in mortal danger after traveling to Göttingen in the 1950s to analyze papers by the deceased German mathematician Dortmund. I had... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-07-19 11:32:53
Catch the Lightning [Lightning Strikes Vols. I-II] (1997)
Catherine Asaro
A 17 year-old girl from Los Angeles finds herself in a sexual/romantic relationship with a not-quite-human time-traveller in this book which continues the author's "Skolian saga". The story is actually... (more)
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Nearly Gone (2015)
Elle Cosimano
Nearly Boswell has (obviously) a really cool name. She also has a strong interest in her science and math classes. And, for some reason, she also has the ability to taste emotions when she touches other... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-07-07 16:57:42
When Women Were Dragons (2022)
Kelly Barnhill
In this fantasy/alternative history novel, many women literally turn into dragons in the 1950's. It is clear to the reader that the sexism of that era is responsible for that magical transformation, and... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-06-24 12:30:42
Solenoid (2015)
Mircea Cartarescu
In this surrealistic existentialist novel, a school teacher in Romania (who has much in common with the author) seeks to escape from his boring life. A solenoid built into the foundation of his new house... (more)
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Private i (2022)
S. R. Algernon
This very short story takes the form of a monologue from the operator of a hyper-dimensional private detective service which utilizes complex numbers. The fact that it is delivered "as a one-sided conversation"... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-06-08 17:07:10
Atomic Anna (2022)
Rachel Barenbaum
I loved this plot from the moment I heard about it: A teenage math genius learns through comic books left for her by her mother that her grandmother who invented time travel needs her help solving some... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-06-05 11:57:55
The Bangalore Detectives Club (2022)
Harini Narendra
On the first page of this mystery set in 1920's India, a scrap of paper identifies the person a desperate character seeks: MRS KAVERI MURTHY, Mathematician and Lady Detective. The rest of the novel... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-23 16:28:13

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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!

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