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A Mathematician's Galatea (2010)
Andrew Magrath
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Contributed by Vijay Fafat

As the author describes this story on his blog:

["Inhuman: Absolute XPress Flash Fiction Challenge #4" is] an anthology of stories all written from the perspective of a non-human character. I liked the idea so much, I decided to steal it outright. I have two stories in this anthology.

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"A Mathematician's Galatea" is inspired by G.H. Hardy's "A Mathematician's Apology" and a retelling of the Pygmalion myth. It is a character portrait of a mathematician struggling to come to grips with the realization that he is in the twilight of his career and his inability to meaningfully connect with anyone other than his "companion" robot.

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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifAnti-social Mathematicians, Academia,
Topic
MediumShort Stories,

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