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.)
Special Meal (2021)
Josh Malerman
This story about a young girl enjoying her favorite meal with her family takes place in a dystopian society where knowledge of math is illegal. In fact, her brother recently reported a friend of his to... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-25 22:05:16
The Second Moon (1939)
Russell R. Winterbotham
This is one wreckage of a story; bad pulp fiction written way back when. It does have one or two decent points for an alert reader, like the observation that the presence of complex numbers in physical... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-15 13:53:30
Probabilitea (2019)
John Chu
When it said at the beginning of this story that "Katie’s father...is a physical manifestation of Order and Chaos," I presumed at first it meant that metaphorically. In fact, it means that Katie's... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-12 16:43:32
The Rabbit Factor [Jäniskerroin] (2020)
Antti Tuomainen
After his anti-social tendencies get him fired from his job as an actuary, the mathematically obsessed Henri inherits his deceased brother's adventure park, along with his tremendous debt to a dangerous... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-08 21:38:18
Lost in the Math Museum (2022)
Colin Adams
Teenager Kallie, who doesn't particularly care for math, gets trapped in a math museum with her father and his friend Maria. They endure horrific dangers and meet the ghosts of famous mathematicians (as... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-09-08 13:20:05
Parade's End (1924)
Ford Madox Ford
Although the British aristocracy, women's liberation, marital infidelity, and World War I are more important to this acclaimed novel, math arises a few times since the primary protagonist, Tietjens, is... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-28 11:23:44
Prost, der Faust-Tragödie (-n)ter Teil [Prost: the (-n)th Part of the Faust Tragedy] (1882)
Kurd Lasswitz
A poem written in German about a character named "Prost" who is stumped by a particularly difficult differential equation. He drinks a lot of beer (in keeping with his name, which is the German equivalent... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-16 14:00:56
iPhone SE (2022)
Weike Wang
Without being asked to do so, a Chinese-American woman's malfunctioning smartphone assistant begins teaching her about math, starting with the importance of the number zero and going up to solving systems... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-15 10:33:37
Going Out (2002)
Scarlett Thomas
A group of unusual friends go on a journey to Wales to meet with a healer who they hope can help each of them with their problems. The group consists of Luke (who is unable to go outside due to allergies... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-12 14:57:34
Perturbation - For Nature Computes On A Straight Line (In Seven Balancing Acts) (2022)
Vijay Fafat
A mathematical physicist tests the equations of her "Theory of Everything" (TOE) by simulating them on a computer. Due to the complexity of the actual TOE, the simulation utilizes numerical approximations... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-01 10:38:06
Squate (2022)
Tom Blackford
In this cute story, a thirteen year old girl becomes good friends with the square root of eight. From "Squate", she learns not only facts about math but also things about other people who are working... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-08-01 09:11:10
Randall and the River of Time (1950)
Cecil Scott Forester
Charles Randall meets two people who change his life while he is on leave from fighting in World War I: a patent lawyer for whom he designs an improved flare and the seductive wife of a fellow soldier.... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-07-27 14:19:32
The Sabre Squadron (1966)
Simon Raven
Daniel Mond, a British PhD candidate in mathematics, finds himself in mortal danger after traveling to Göttingen in the 1950s to analyze papers by the deceased German mathematician Dortmund. I had... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-07-19 11:32:53
Catch the Lightning [Lightning Strikes Vols. I-II] (1997)
Catherine Asaro
A 17 year-old girl from Los Angeles finds herself in a sexual/romantic relationship with a not-quite-human time-traveller in this book which continues the author's "Skolian saga". The story is actually... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-07-18 14:30:17
Nearly Gone (2015)
Elle Cosimano
Nearly Boswell has (obviously) a really cool name. She also has a strong interest in her science and math classes. And, for some reason, she also has the ability to taste emotions when she touches other... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-07-07 16:57:42
When Women Were Dragons (2022)
Kelly Barnhill
In this fantasy/alternative history novel, many women literally turn into dragons in the 1950's. It is clear to the reader that the sexism of that era is responsible for that magical transformation, and... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-06-24 12:30:42
Solenoid (2015)
Mircea Cartarescu
In this surrealistic existentialist novel, a school teacher in Romania (who has much in common with the author) seeks to escape from his boring life. A solenoid built into the foundation of his new house... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-06-16 21:45:54
Private i (2022)
S. R. Algernon
This very short story takes the form of a monologue from the operator of a hyper-dimensional private detective service which utilizes complex numbers. The fact that it is delivered "as a one-sided conversation"... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-06-08 17:07:10
Atomic Anna (2022)
Rachel Barenbaum
I loved this plot from the moment I heard about it: A teenage math genius learns through comic books left for her by her mother that her grandmother who invented time travel needs her help solving some... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-06-05 11:57:55
The Bangalore Detectives Club (2022)
Harini Narendra
On the first page of this mystery set in 1920's India, a scrap of paper identifies the person a desperate character seeks: MRS KAVERI MURTHY, Mathematician and Lady Detective. The rest of the novel... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-23 16:28:13
Law and Order: Criminal Intent (Episode: Inert Dwarf) (2004)
Renee Balcer (story) / Warren Leight (script) / Alex Chapple (director)
The collaborator of a world-famous, wheelchair bound mathematical physicist is murdered. When the detectives investigate, suspicion falls on the mathematician's wife/nurse who appears to be abusing him. Like... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-16 16:39:21
Unknown Things (1989)
Reginald Bretnor
A very short, well-written horror story about a collector, Andreas Hoogstraten. a wealthy man with an obsession with unusual objects. The narrator, one Mr. Dennison, a dealer in the antiques and the... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-11 18:31:55
Agha and Math (1946)
Vladmir Karapetoff
A very funny, very creative tale of how logarithms might have been invented in ancient times, without it having had to wait for Napier. In ancient times, ‘Agha, the Master’ was a rich landed proprietor... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-11 16:54:51
In Our Prime [I-sang-han na-ra-eui su-hak-ja] (2022)
Lee Yong-jae (screenwriter) / Dong-hoon Park (director)
A poor student at an expensive South Korean academy receives much needed math tutoring (and a place to stay) from the school's security guard. The student later discovers that the security guard is in... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-10 23:14:12
My Random Friend (1977)
Larry Eisenberg
Gene Berry was a statistical anomaly. A foster child who had changed four families, he was “god-damned bright”, “a treasure-trove of disparate facts” and blessed with “extraordinary reasoning... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-10 20:56:20
Danny’s Inferno (2003)
Albert Cowdrey
An extremely hilarious tale about Danny, a lover of garlic and HP Lovecraft, who is married to a mathematician, Edith. Danny and Edith are somewhat of what you may term “misaligned couple”, with... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-05 23:01:38
The Locked House of Pythagoras [P. no Misshitsu] (1999)
Soji Shimada
A locked-room mystery which I found disorienting, needlessly complex and a bit incomprehensible, with very stilted writing, a know-it-all kid detective who has a magical god’s eye-view of everything,... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-05 15:57:06
Paint ‘Em Green (1967)
Burt Filer
In some far future, after “the Asians had obliterated themselves with a dazzling atomic mistake”, former allies, Ambrija and Russia, found themselves as cold-war opponents once again, in a race for... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-04 13:52:09
She Spies (Episode: Message from Kassar) (2003)
Vince Manze (script) / Joe Livecchi (script) / Steven Long Mitchell (script)
Although I lived in the US and had a TV in 2003, I somehow completely missed “She Spies”. I had no idea such a show existed. And so, while watching this episode to see whether it really is “mathematical... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-05-02 14:39:26
Onto Infinity (2002)
David Alex
A young mathematician and his older wife struggle to accept her fate as she slowly dies of cancer. As you might guess since I maintain a website on mathematical fiction, I am not one of those who see... (more)
Last Changed: 2022-04-29 12:51:05

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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)