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Big Numbers (1990)
Alan Moore / Bill Sienkiewicz
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This comic book (written by Moore and illustrated by Sienkiewicz) was planned as a 12 issue series with a mathematics theme. Unfortunately, due to a lack of cooperation by the artist (and also a substitute artist) the series never got past issue 2. Rumors suggest that Moore may be arranging a television mini-series of Big Numbers.

Contributed by Marco Abate

Unfortunately never completed, this story would have combined chaos theory, the Mandelbrot set and ordinary life in Northampton, UK. The first two issues are fascinating and tantalizing; who knows what the whole work would have been if completed.

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  6. Storm: The Chronicles of Pandarve by Martin Lodewijk (writer) / Don Lawrence (artist)
  7. Il Lemma di Levemberg by Marco Abate (writer) / S. Natali (artist)
  8. The Adventures of Topology Man by Alex Kasman
  9. It was the Monster from the Fourth Dimension by Al Feldstein
  10. Fermat's Cuisine [Fermat no Ryori] by Yugo Kobayashi
Ratings for Big Numbers:
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Mathematical Content:
1.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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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)