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New Book Out from Margaret Ball!

More mathemagics for your reading pleasure!

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Thalia Kostis and her cohort knew the CIA was funding their group of research mathemagicians, but they’d never demanded results like this before! After terrorists use magic to kidnap hostages from the agency’s headquarters, the Center for Applied Topology finds themselves torn from their cubicles and dragged across three continents, from holding cells to terrorist safehouses as the superiors who never believed in them before are now demanding impossible results.

Now academics who can’t organize a donut run are finding out there are worse fates than loss of funding… If they don’t find and stop the magicians responsible, they’re going to lose their lives!

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15 Comments
  1. OldNFO #

    Interesting premise! ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 12, 2018
  2. Cong Rats.

    November 12, 2018
    • What he said, congratulations, and well done.

      November 13, 2018
  3. Ed Bear #

    I’m buying the whole enchanted series, if only for the math. ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 12, 2018
  4. I can’t wait

    November 12, 2018
  5. Hmm… interesting. I’ve never been able to do math well, so higher math has always seemed like magic to me. Since, oddly, I haven’t gotten around to reading any Margaret Ball books, I went and got the first in the series (nothing like starting at the beginning).

    Now we’ll see if the math explodes my poor math-deficient brain.

    November 13, 2018
  6. Margaret Ball #

    Wow! Thanks for the plug, Dorothy!

    As for the rest of you… do me a favor and don’t look too closely at the math, okay? The first few applications kinda-sorta make sense, but R. L. Moore would be spinning in his grave if he saw the later ones.

    November 13, 2018
    • So you are saying we ought to be expecting a bit of fiction in our fiction? My, my!

      November 13, 2018
      • Margaret Ball #

        Well, I did have this one reader who seemed to think that using the Brouwer Fixed-Point Theorem to teleport was purely a question of getting the math right, but it didn’t seem polite to ask him why he thought the book was categorized as Fantasy rather than Math Homework.

        November 13, 2018
        • Lately I’ve been wondering what mathematical visualization must be paired with Broward! when that is used to summon stuffed ballot boxes…

          Yeah, yeah, I’ll go lie down now.

          November 13, 2018
          • Margaret Ball #

            That’s more likely to come out of probability and statistics than from an honest discipline like topology! If I could stand it, I’d look at something like “Statistics for the Social Sciences”. There’s bound to be a ballot-box-out-of-the-hat function somewhere in the literature.

            November 13, 2018
  7. Kord #

    Way to go I loved Mathemagics and the shorts around Riva. I way prefer third person stories, but Riva has a very nice voice. The shift from first to omniscent should have been jarring but wasn’t. – As I said, good books.

    Now elated at the prospect of more Riva, I went and checked your bio on wikipedia and noticed that you also did stuff with McCaffrey.

    What was she like?

    The comments in “Get of the Unicorn” indicated a nice and naughty lady, and I loved the early Pern books, but was later very disenchanted when I found out that the original Pern flag was a commie flag. Having lived in a communist country soured me towards that particular idea early on.

    November 13, 2018
  8. Margaret Ball #

    Annie struck me as a delightful lady with plenty of good sense except that she liked to see herself as properly left-wing. So I didn’t argue about the contradictions involved; we just talked about what to do next in the Acorna books.

    I do wish some of her talent for getting people emotionally hooked on her characters had rubbed off on me while we were working together. But I think that came so naturally to her that she did it without any conscious thought.

    November 13, 2018
    • Kord #

      Thanks! I think she really loved some of her characters herself.

      November 14, 2018
  9. elainethomp #

    picked it up last week, enjoyed it, as I’ve enjoyed the others.

    November 13, 2018

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