Mathematically advanced bees on an alien planet, collecting “nectar of knowledge” for the “honey of experience”.
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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 novel involving a quasimathematical explanation of ESP and psychokinesis…

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

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...

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…

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

John Russell Fearn
Mathematics finds its voice and lives! 
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 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.

The powerful brain of a young boy which can conjure up an imagined reality…. with startling consequences…

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fourth dimensional adventure using loops of time…

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

A farfuture story about mankind trying to avert a cosmic calamity by harnessing the laws of probability…

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

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 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.

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

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

A classic puzzle about “negative coconuts”… woven into a puzzle tale…

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

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

Another sad example of a higherdimensional story.

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

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

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

The greatest brain in history devises a safe which is cracked by an ordinary safecracker.

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

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…

Ramon Gomez de la Serna
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 war between some people from earth carried off into space on a flat meteor, and flatland…

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

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

A man who seems to slip into and out of the fourth dimension in response to certain stimuli…

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

David Eugene Smith
A history of numbers through various tales aimed at students in grades 5 to 8. 
An intricately crafted story about a mathematician’s murderwithoutmalice, to stop mathematics from destroying our reality – or so another professor of mathematics thought…

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.

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

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

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

A Socratic dialogue on logic, in classic Carrollian style.

How the rationality of Euclid’s geometry prevented a hallucinating brother from murder…

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

The Devil learns a global topology lesson from the soul of a mathematics professor.

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

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

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

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 very young child’s first struggle at writing and learning about numbers, and his inspiration to do better…

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 tall tale about unusual birthday pattern.

A lyrical tale about a child from the stars…

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

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 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".

Anonymous
A young girl for whom Arithmetic had been the bane of life found new inspiration to master her father’s accounting statements… 
A cipher involving dancing men, and Sherlock Holmes with Dr. Watson. What else is there to know before reading the story?

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

The power of interest earning interest over time…

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 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 dreamjourney in a soap bubble to lower dimensions…

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

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

A very brief mythology about the birth of Calculus.

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

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.

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…

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

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

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 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.

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

Robert Lowndes (Wilfred Owen Morley)
A strange border wall in Maine which appears to wrap around itself in an inexplicable manner… 
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 woman becomes a central figure in the disruption of the laws of probability, with some cosmic consequences.