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Diamond Dogs (2001)
Alistair Reynolds

This novella by a trained astrophysicist who has worked for the European Space Agency features an alien designed "death trap" that challenges people with difficult mathematical puzzles. In an interview, the author stated that he was inspired to write the story by the experiences of mountain climbers, who seem willing to risk life and limb for the sake of a challenge.

A visitor to this site named Dustin brought this story to my attention and says: "Subject matter it references are prime numbers, two dimensional shadows of four dimensional objects, and triangular numbers. Several topology questions are referenced as well."

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Works Similar to Diamond Dogs
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Cube by Vincenzo Natali (Director)
  2. Fermat's Room (La Habitacion de Fermat) by Luis Piedrahita / Rodrigo SopeƱa
  3. Schild's Ladder by Greg Egan
  4. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  5. Six Thought Experiments Concerning the Nature of Computation by Rudy Rucker
  6. The Adventures of Topology Man by Alex Kasman
  7. Border Guards by Greg Egan
  8. The Grass and Tree by Eliot Fintushel
  9. The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
  10. The Ganymede Club by Charles Sheffield
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GenreScience Fiction,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry, Algebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumNovels, Short Stories,

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