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Dear Abbey (2003)
Terry Bisson
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This novel, which has not received many good reviews and appears only to have been published in Britain, involves a math professor who is a terrorist for environmentalist causes. (That the author chose to make him a mathematician could be due to Ted Kaczynski, unfortunately a stereotypical mathematician to many authors). He intends to enact a plan code-named ``Dear Abbey'' (inspired by The Monkey Wrench Gang), but does not have the necessary mathematics. Consequently, he travels to the distant future to find it and along the way has some warm, fuzzy experiences that change his mind.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Time, Like an Ever Rolling Stream by Judith Moffett
  3. Twisted Seduction by Dominique Adams (writer and director)
  4. Ghost Dancer [a.k.a. Dance of Death] by John Case
  5. A Person of Interest by Susan Choi
  6. Light by M. John Harrison
  7. Numbers Don't Lie by Terry Bisson
  8. Diamond Dogs by Alastair Reynolds
  9. The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
  10. Beyond the Hallowed Sky: Book One of the Lightspeed Trilogy by Ken MacLeod
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
1/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifEvil mathematicians, Time Travel,

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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.

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