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.)
The Eighth Detective (2020)
Alex Pavesi
Many years ago, math professor Grant McCallister published a paper mathematically analyzing the structure of murder mystery fiction. He even self-published a collection of short stories illustrating several... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-10-25 23:22:56
The Romanian Gambit: A Statistical Spy Novel (2020)
Elliott Ostler
This espionage novel attempts to teach the reader about statistical analysis. Alex: The Romanian Gambit, A Statistical Spy Novel (2020) by Elliott Ostler, is now available on Amazon, and IMHO belongs... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-10-25 14:11:42
Proof Geometric Construction Can Solve All Love Affairs (2017)
Takahashi Manbou (lyricist) / Ane Manbou (illustrator)
This is not a short story or novel or movie, it is a music video by Japanese musician "Manbo-p" (featuring manga-style illustrations by his sister). As the title implies, it is a romance in which a boy... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-10-23 10:44:54
The Nesting Dolls (2020)
Alina Adams
A novel in three-parts focusing on three women in the same family over the course of a century. It is the middle story, concerning Natasha Crystal, that is most strongly connected to mathematics. Natasha... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-10-17 20:13:13
The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics (2019)
Olivia Waite
Lucy Muchelny is responsible for the mathematical aspects of her father's famous publications in astronomy, but as this is the 19th century she receives no credit for that contribution. Desperate for... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-10-17 19:47:17
All Scot and Bothered (2020)
Kerrigan Byrne
This is another romance novel set in the 19th century featuring a female mathematician. It features such lines as: She had very few innate talents, but the rhythm and structure of sexual relations... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-10-17 19:18:49
Critical Point (2020)
S.L. Huang
This is the third novel featuring Cas Russell, a private detective with superhuman mathematical abilities that allow her to fight with remarkable precision, and to quickly survey a crime scene. There... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-10-07 21:39:48
The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine (2017)
Greg Egan
This story is funnier and less mathematical than most of Greg Egan's writing. It concerns the spontaneous evolution of artificial intelligence within the global computer network. But, rather than destroying... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-09-12 19:19:13
Instantiation (2019)
Greg Egan
In this sequel to 3-adica, the conscious video game characters plan an escape that feels like a cross between Mission Impossible and Inception, but with the addition of famous mathematicians sitting around... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-09-09 16:15:39
3-adica (2018)
Greg Egan
Sentient characters in a horrific video game combining Jack the Ripper and vampires seek to escape to another game called 3-adica where things are strange but peaceful. This is one of a series of stories... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-09-03 09:02:19
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (1982)
L. Ron Hubbard
In the year 3000, the human race has nearly been destroyed by the Psychlos, an evil alien species who dominate thousands of planets in many universes. Although they view the few remaining humans as little... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-08-26 15:48:47
The Divine Proportions of Luca Pacioli (2019)
W.A.W. Parker
This novel is a biography of Fra Luca Pacioli in fictionalized form. Pacioli who lived from 1447 to 1517 was an Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar who authored one of the first printed mathematics... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-08-16 15:40:01
MeT APP (2020)
Ramprasath
In this novella, "MeT APP" is a dating app that Anjali installs on her smartphone because her husband is not fulfilling her emotional needs. The app assigns numerical values to people in order to determine... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-08-11 22:32:17
Miss Havilland (2020)
Gay Daly
Evelyn Havilland, who left her studies in mathematics at Stanford University in 1917 to aid with the war effort, must decide between marrying a linguistics professor she met when they were both working... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-07-12 14:55:45
On Another Plane (2020)
Colin Adams
A woman with flowing white hair and flowing white robes sits next to a mathematician on a plane and very casually helps him to prove the Riemann Hypothesis. ‘‘I’m not much for knowing what’s... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-07-09 20:21:26
The Distant Dead (2020)
Heather Young
When a boy named Sal discovers the burned body of his middle school math teacher, two amateur sleuths try to determine who killed him. One of them is Jake, the volunteer fireman to whom Sal initially... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-07-06 10:55:43
The Outside (2019)
Ada Hoffman
The way this science fiction novel conflates technology and religion is more interesting than anything it does with mathematics. The "gods" in the book are advanced artificial intelligences and "angels"... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-07-03 09:36:12
The Hidden Girl (2017)
Ken Liu
The daughter of a general during the Tang Dynasty is kidnapped by an assassin who can travel into higher dimensions. She is trained to also be an assassin, but cleverly plans her own escape. Among... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-06-08 19:07:40
Ghost Days (2013)
Ken Liu
This short story begins with a very short computer program that computes the Fibonacci numbers which a young student is learning in school. The teacher is one of the human crew of a space ship and the... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-06-08 18:54:47
Geometria (1987)
Guillermo del Toro (Writer and Director)
A boy whose father has died and who is in danger of failing his math class summons a demon, asking him to reunite his family and to ensure that he never fails geometry again. Both wishes are granted,... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-06-07 10:25:24
The First Task of My Internship (2020)
Ziyin Xiong
In this short piece (which is more of an extended joke than a story), the narrator is tasked with devising a method to literally fulfill The Olive Garden's promise of "unlimited breadsticks". Some of... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-06-05 14:09:31
La Resta [The Remainder] (2015)
Alia Trabucco Zerán
Two friends from modern day Santiago travel through Chile using "mortuary mathematics" to attempt to better understand the legacy of their country's dictatorship: [A]nd just as I'm calming down and... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-05-27 10:59:13
Nagel im Himmel (2020)
Patrick Hofmann
The protagonist in this novel grows up in a loveless, dysfunctional family, but finds refuge and success in mathematics until he is "saved" by a physicist. Since I do not read German, my knowledge of... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-05-22 08:03:54
Dispel Illusion (2019)
Mark Lawrence
This third book in the "Impossible Times" series continues telling the story of math prodigy Nick Hayes and the bizarre time loop he experiences/causes. Many of the chapters in this book take place in... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-05-19 14:11:05
Limited Wish (2019)
Mark Lawrence
In this sequel to One Word Kill, math prodigy Nick Hayes develops the theory of time travel that his future self used to go back in time to meet himself in the first book. The idea, which sounds neat... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-05-19 13:46:28
One Word Kill (2019)
Mark Lawrence
Nick Hayes, a math prodigy with leukemia in the 1980's, meets his future self in this first book of the "Impossible Times" trilogy from Amazon's publishing arm. The consistent time loop that this creates... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-05-19 13:09:46
The Masters (1963)
Ursula K. Le~Guin
This short story, which takes place in a world where society is medieval and the sun is seen less than once per year, focuses on the mathematical advances brought about by the primary protagonist, Ganil.... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-05-06 14:18:39
Beyond Infinity (2004)
Gregory Benford
Cley is one of the few "original" humans left in a future where most of the characters are genetically enhanced. These engineered lifeforms, whether they are Supras (a highly advanced humanoid) or based... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-05-04 15:01:57
A Universe of Sufficient Size (2019)
Miriam Sved
It is only after the death of her father that an Australian sculptor learns that her mother was one of five Hungarian Jews mathematicians who worked on math research together in a public park as Hitler... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-04-19 20:38:44
The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes (2020)
Robert A. Heinlein
This alternative version of the much derided Heinlein novel The Number of the Beast was published in 2020 based on notes by the author who died back in 1988. Apparently, "Pursuit of Pankera" was actually... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-03-31 20:47:20

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