a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|The Whole Mess (2016) || Jack Skillingstead |
|By solving a mathematical equation brought to him by a young stranger, a math professor allows the squid-like "Masters" to enter our universe, leaving havoc in their wake. The professor finds himself taking on the identities of other people in other universes. In one he finds himself as a young man who is unqualified to be a student at the very university where his true identity is on the faculty:
|(quoted from The Whole Mess)|
The whole thing was an ironic counterpoint to my original arrival, a decade and a few iterations ago, when I was the over-qualified applicant for a teaching position that would ensure insulation from the cries of Genius! that had hectored me since grade school. Now I fell short even as an aging freshman looking for validation in the form of a degree in the humanities.
This story appeared in the September 2016 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)