A very long, poignant stream of thoughts and regrets of an older mathematician. The piece can easily pass off as fiction, though we should note that this is NOT a work of mathematical fiction but written by a Senior Wrangler from Cambridge in early nineteenth century. It is "Potential Mathfiction".
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A young girl for whom Arithmetic had been the bane of life found new inspiration to master her father’s accounting statements… 
A very young child’s first struggle at writing and learning about numbers, and his inspiration to do better…

A short story which makes the ArgumentfromDesign by pointing out the mathematical principles used by bees in their hives.

A very moving tale of a nameless mathematician’s toils in lifelong pursuit of his craft, and the few moments of true joy he experienced for a love he never expressed nor let be known…

A very amusing story of a mathematician who retires in a small hamlet amongst very simple people who are far from mathematical ideas, and ones who find his scholarship to be the kind around which legends should be spun… For fans of “Cheers”, sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name…

A listless recounting of the life of a mathematician, to no particular end.

A short work which highlights the prevailing scholastic attitude in the early nineteenth century, with apathy toward finer subjects like philosophy in favor of harder sciences.

A wideranging discussion between a landowner and a mathematicallyoriented economics scholar in the mideighteenth century France.

A lyrical tale about a child from the stars…

A fulllength novel which showcases a society in which Mathematics is religion… and in a “postface”, the narrator worries whether such a minute description of an alternative “truth” might sway Christians away from their own religion.

A dreamjourney in a soap bubble to lower dimensions…

The tale of a young man winning the hand of a mathematician’s daughter, despite getting momentarily tricked out of his love by the professor.

A Socratic dialogue on logic, in classic Carrollian style.

A tall tale about unusual birthday pattern.

One of those stories where a spectacular gadget fails…spectacularly…

The fate of a lover’s heart lost to a princess hinges on the precise answer to a farcical and hilarious mathematical point of contention…

A superb story about earth trying to communicate with Mars by means of mathematics, in the days before electronic communication was a reality…

How mathematics saves the day in old Mexico, with love as a further reward…

A soft, gentlypaced tale of a mathematics professor outwitting a bandit in Old Mexico.

First loves last a lifetime…. As seen in this story of a mathematician in the age of innocence…

A cipher involving dancing men, and Sherlock Holmes with Dr. Watson. What else is there to know before reading the story?

A very brief mythology about the birth of Calculus.

The Devil learns a global topology lesson from the soul of a mathematics professor. 
How the rationality of Euclid’s geometry prevented a hallucinating brother from murder…

A mathematical physicist finds out that our Time has gaps in it… and gets lost in one of them…

An amateur detective solves a code which announced the assassination of a governor using some dubious mathematics.

The ruminations of a mathematician about the nature of space, of an unseen reality governed by – and accessible through – mathematical laws, ultimately leading to his demise – or an ascension to this ethereal realm…

A humdrum story about a mathematics professor getting lost in the fourth dimension…

A funny tale about a braveheart soldier who laments the fact that the only thing holding him back in the ranks is an inability to understand mathematics… and wins the day for his side by decidedly nonmathematical means.

A sequence of stories, connected over 200 pages, which very gently and seamlessly introduces young children concepts of arithmetic, geometry, accounting and the like. 
A man who seems to slip into and out of the fourth dimension in response to certain stimuli…

A history of numbers through various tales aimed at students in grades 5 to 8. 
The greatest brain in history devises a safe which is cracked by an ordinary safecracker.

A fastpaced novel involving mathematics, the Pyramid of Khufu, and of course, a fabulous treasure. Written in the true spirit of the early twentieth century mystery and adventure novels.

A silly take on extending the stereoscopic vision created by two eyes to view the fourth dimension using 3 eyes…

An “it was all a dream” tale about higher dimensions.

A strange tale of a professor of mathematics finding a way into another dimension through an antique mirror…

A mathematician delving into the mysteries of higher dimensional mathematics inexplicably obtains a portal into the fourth dimension in his study, which a thief accesses to no good end.

A very wellwritten story about a man who builds a triangular house, with a mathematical formula which leads to the revelation of an illicit affair and the participants in the affair… 
A classic puzzle about “negative coconuts”… woven into a puzzle tale…

A silly recounting of a misadventure of a mathematics professor in the fourth dimension.

An excerpt from a novel which speaks to the beauty of simple mathematics and attempt to convey that sense to a youngster.

A messageinabottle, showcasing the transdimensional adventure of a professor of mathematics.

A mathematical physicist builds a 4dimensional stereoscope and finds out the ultimate fate of our world…

A sleek, if severely flawed, story about predictions using a Fourierlike harmonic analysis of the current state of local reality or of individuals… certainly better than most pulp stories…

A higherdimensional yarn executed with greater amount of explanation than normally found in pulp stories.

A ticklish story about an eightyear old genius made the top shot at the mathematics department of a college…

Cosmic collisions predicted to destroy all of earth in three years… by a mathematical physicist who has solved the general “Nbody problem” to make accurate predictions…

A very visual, pulpy story about accessing the higher dimension for a hackneyed adventure…

An intricately crafted story about a mathematician’s murderwithoutmalice, to stop mathematics from destroying our reality – or so another professor of mathematics thought…

A war between some people from earth carried off into space on a flat meteor, and flatland…

A brilliant professor finds himself in a predicament in the fourth dimension and ends up tangling with his star student, who wins over his daughter after a few hilarious events.

Another sad example of a higherdimensional story.

A story about a physicist who discovers a new world in the fourth dimension...

A detective, one Mr. Pearson, catches the crooks using a little geometry.

A story about a disgruntled student who comes back to his school to demand a refund, only to be outwitted by his mathematics teacher.

Higher Dimension used to exact justices, with some rueful and comedic consequences…

A clever idea poorly executed, utilizing a mathematical solution to Maxwell’s equations as a basis for building a timeviewer to peer into the nearfuture…

A deliciously overthetop story which throws in many garbled ideas of physics to sculpt an interplanetary tale of a few heroes and a Martian mega villain…

A tongueincheek story making repeated fun of the common, misleading tagline which appeared in many sci fi magazines of the day  Every Story Scientifically Accurate.

A deft use of geodesics and energy equations to show that sometimes, the fastest path is not the shortest one.

A war between earth and mirrorearth in another dimension, where a switch in sign in a mathematical equation saves earth.

A clever talltale about a ship crashing on an oddduck of a planet, with limited fuel to leave it, and the ingenious solution which saves the day.

A funny talltale about shooting bullets and golf balls through holes in space, shots heard around the universe…

A wronglyimprisoned man on deathrow receives a voice from a higher dimension… and presented with a mortal dilemma…

A narrative about a man with a prodigious memory who comes up with his own system of numbering...

A fourth dimensional adventure using loops of time…

A strange border wall in Maine which appears to wrap around itself in an inexplicable manner… 
A farfuture story about mankind trying to avert a cosmic calamity by harnessing the laws of probability…

A kindof magic realism merging with a higherdimension side of pulp stories to create an amusing tale.

One man’s cosmic fight using mathematical weapons against a universedestroying wave and alien civilizations...

Mathematics finds its voice and lives! 
The powerful brain of a young boy which can conjure up an imagined reality…. with startling consequences…

A stranded Nazi soldier encounters a strange cave… and a most mysterious man of logic…

A very funny, very creative tale of how logarithms might have been invented in ancient times, without it having had to wait for John Napier.

A moving story  in the characteristic Bradburystyle  of the love of parents transcending dimensional oddities…

A murder mystery involving mathematicians, and a discovery of the Fermat's lost theorem.

A fictionalized autobiography of the famous mathematician Evariste Galois, who is known for his seminal work on group theory.

A very convoluted story about mirrorimage flips through higher dimensions accessed through portable and userfriendly wormholes…

A story of the mathematics of gambling and its deployment against a criminal’s “houseadvantage”. As a tagline of the story says, “Mathematics is the weapon of Magnus Ridolph when he combats a pirate of space!”

A classic story about brilliant professors using their esoteric knowledge to get the better of "The Wolves of Wall Street"

How a logician turns the tables on a planetary dictator by subtly using the “he knows that I know that he knows that” logic…

Surely the fourth dimension has more uses that sticking in a straw to steal juice from closed cans, no?

A mysterious wall surrounds an entire planet in a strange universe. Two inhabitants decide to undertake a journey along the wall and see where it leads, trying to find what lies on the other side of it, all set for a remarkable, mindtwisting denouement.

A transdimensional love story with a poignant backstory and an appropriate ending.

Are fourdimensional beings responsible for all the strange occurrences like “frog rain” reported by Charles Fort and other chroniclers of the mysterious? Would the fourdimensional beings have the same emotions and desires as humans? A limitedrange story speaking to these in pulpformat…

An ultralong range impact on history when the perfectly average man is found… Butterfly Effect in a sociological context…

A novel involving a quasimathematical explanation of ESP and psychokinesis…

A novel about an expedition undertaken by a group of mountaineers to Mount Analogue, a mountain invisible to the outside world, but whose existence can be deduced using science.

How visual geometrical estimation fails in front of a clever charlatan…

A prisoner without his memory rediscovers his equations of higher dimensions while locked inside a strange room in space…

A comedic look at how experiments, particularly those in which the researcher has little control over the variables, can get out of hand like an uncontrolled chainreaction with hilarious effects.

A clever story which builds on the idea that scaling some part of the universe while leaving the rest intact leads to strangesounding, nonintuitive results…

A very satisfying tale which blends some handwaving magic realism and mathematics to create a vision of the fantastic.

When a proud ship is in dire peril in the gulfs between the planets it takes a navigator of heroic mold to bring her safely to port without a single wasted motion. Men either stand or fall by their inner resources, chronicled with a documentarytype realism that adds a new side to the bright, prophetic horizons of tomorrow.

A talisman of Mathematics lands in the real world, with some mystifying effects, articulated in a cleverlywritten story…

A dream sequence where Numbers come alive and argue about their individual importance, with the number 137 taking on a special oratory role… 
A comedic classdemonstration of an experiment going awry, causing the entire classroom disappearing into a cosmic hole, lock, stock and barrel…

A very warm, inspiring fictionalization of the life of famed American nautician (if you will, for “a mathematical ocean navigator”), Nathaniel Bowditch.

An earthman captured by aliens outwits them by tangling them up in selfreferential paradoxes of logic while throwing in Zeno’s paradox for good measure…

The story of two children in a future filled with computing devices, who are amazed to discover that people in the olden days used “squiggles” to represent numbers and words.

A funny “triangular” love story between the three vertices X, Y, Z of a triangle.

How might an alien threat evaluate humanity’s power of logic to ascertain its chances of success? Would we dismiss the manifestations of such evaluations as irrational hallucinations? Would that, in itself, become a selffulfilling prophecy?

An alien helps local police detectives solve a baffling murder case…

The power of interest earning interest over time…

A funny short story about a higherdimensional object accidentally opening up in our 3D world.

A mathematical huckster swindles his way to continued solvency through probability theory…. till he gets a taste of his own medicine…

If mathematical abilities could be transferred from another person to yourself, would you regret the sideeffects?

Mrs. Warner makes an aesthetic flower arrangement, which inadvertently turns into a fourdimensional object because of a balloon and its magnetic paint…

An earthman captured by aliens outwits them by tangling them up in a game of Tower of Hanoi…

A cautionary tale for all those who have not focused on polishing their mathematics skills. Someday, you may not be able to save a friend for lack of a suitable algebraic equation…

An emotional, sensitively written example of a short story of magic realism, in the classic tradition of Borges and Cortazar. Most of the story revolves around the main character’s frame of existence, which is also the rationale for the story, building toward its slow finale.

A charming, if extremely pulpish, story about one of those mathematical physicists who miraculously find a way of implementing their wildest of ideas… and how bipeds and the English language are obviously present in the deepest recesses of reality…

Mr. Fortescue had real problems. He was losing everything that walked into his brand new House of Fun, Magic and Mystery. Which naturally called for some very fancy dimensional analysis...

An alien timetraveler faces off with the celestial toymaker in the Trilogic game, a tenpiece puzzle similar to the Towers of Hanoi problem.

One way of solving the humanity’s problems related to war in the distant future… As the saying in Hindi goes, take away the bamboo in the flute, and the noisy flute will automatically be taken care of…

A poignant story of a human society spread out in the solar system, where the protagonist is imprisoned in a Klein Bottle.

A story of a wealthy media mogul who goes up against a major drug ring, sprinkled with references to probability and related mathematical concepts.

A magical tale about a planet where mathematics and mathematical thought can neutralize the harmful spells of wizards…

A topologist shows how to trap living things, including unwanted lovers, inside a tessaract. 
An innovative satire on the process by which bureaucracy and official regimentation insidiously pervade society. In a deadpan, pseudoscientific tone, the nameless narrator takes us on a tour of a bizarre village whose inhabitants lead such habitual, regulated lives that they resemble elements in a mathematical equation.

A grad student is asked to solve a math puzzle by his professor in order to win his daughter’s hand in marriage.

A story about a statistician who believes in the second coming of Christ, and looks for proof in various correlations.

A story about a group of astronauts who are stranded in space, and make fundamental discoveries in mathematics to save themselves.

A story about decoding a short string of numbers, which is the combination to open a safe.

Mathematically advanced bees on an alien planet, collecting “nectar of knowledge” for the “honey of experience”.

Accessing the higher dimension for contraception, with some terrible results in an avoidable story.

A Scotsman chasing blue tigers discovers magical stones that defy arithmetic.

A story about a man who could never make a decision, but got into the business of making predictions for others.

A mathematician’s close encounter of the drunken kind with an alien, leading to membership in a galactic club...

A short story about a mathematician whose love for mathematics helps him survive the war.

An unknown, abstract piece of information—which could be stored on tape, transmitted over a telephone line, displayed on a screen, and so forth  known as “the Riddle,” induces catatonic state in readers, an illness dubbed “the Riddle coma.” All evidence seems consistent with the oncebizarre hypothesis that any human who encountered this information lapsed into an apparently irreversible freezing of the mind...

A Korean tale that connects the philosophical pursuits of rural factory workers to the Klein bottle.

A short Korean story about the parallels between real life situations and the Mobius srip.

A short story about an alien life in the shape of a Mobius strip.

A plain story about a math professor's interactions with his students.

A small mystery about guessing a telephone number from two simple clues.

A story of the outofbody experiences of a mathematician working on the Continuum Hypothesis. 
A story about an alien spaceship that brings a onesided ideal mirror as a gift to Earth.

A very satisfying tale of the far future from an alien planet, where an ancient game of choice offered by a Higher Power is played out.

A horror story about the obsession of a wealthy man with unusual objects, which he believes to be puzzles designed to test him.

A story about a young depressed mathematician, who faces trouble coming to terms with the uncertainty of mathematics.

A humorous Genesisstyle history of math, which begins with the Mother of Mathematicians (MOM) creating numbers, and ending with Godel and Hilbert showing that "the foundations of math are built on sand".

A woman becomes a central figure in the disruption of the laws of probability, with some cosmic consequences.

A Socratic dialogue where a professor tries to help his student compute the sum of the first N whole numbers.

An interesting short tale in which the Roman mathematician Diophantus mysteriously travels through time, and finds himself in a modernday lecture on "Diophantine equations". 
A fictional newsreport from the Roman Empire, which reports a conversation in the household of the mathematician Diophantus, where the mathematician's wife gives him a neat idea.

A Flatlandinspired story of a mathematical professor obsessed with metaphysics and geometric tessellations.

A short story involving Einstein, Morgenstern, and Godel, where Godel finds a logical flaw in the OS constitution when applying for citizenship.

A short story where people receive religious spam messages. Contains ideas of the universe being a universal quantum Turing machine.

A short tale about Euler's famous graph of the Konigsberg bridges.

A short description of a selfsimilar fractal town.

A short narrative about the discovery of irrational numbers and various geometric concepts by the ancient Greeks.

A short story about the musings of a calculus professor as he sets a final exam for his class.

A letter from an PhD supervisor to his recently graduated doctoral student, where he discusses his unpublished work on Godel's Incompleteness Theorem.

A conversation between a mathematician and his precocious daughter about number theory and the importance of proofs.

A young girl discovers an arcane mathematical spell scribbled by her grandfather, which threatens the very existence of the universe.

Two students discover the magic of harmonic series by stacking books at the edge of a table.

A clever fictional story about how the mathematician Cantor outwits a dragon that imposes conditions on his ascension to heaven...

A short story involving a female mathematician with a flair for growing vegetables, baking pies, and solving crimes...

A story about a famous 20th century mathematician who is pulled into the future to help them save the Earth.

A Dr. Who story involving Pythagoras and an interdimensional gateway.

A story about the chaos that unfolds when the Euler's Equation stops being true...

A narrator compares the choices in relationships and other aspects of life with games like the Monty Hall Problem.

A mathematician who is up for tenure collaborates with his professoremeritus father in unusual ways, to prove a hypothesis...

A scientist discovers the "Theory of Everything", an equation that explains all of Creation. She uses numerical simulation to compute an approximate version of the equation, only to realize that this "perturbation" created the Universe as we know it. 
Genesis from the Bible and the Nasadiya Sukta from the Rig Veda are cleverly rewritten to describe a mathematical God and the origin of mathematics.

An exquisitely crafted epic poem that marries mathematical concepts with literary and mythological references to explain the emergence of incompleteness in modern mathematics.