My mother-in-law was toting around a book of short stories translated from the Hebrew and I saw a familiar name on the front: Aner Shalev. Not the same Aner Shalev as the group theorist I know, surely — but no, I checked, and it’s him! Good story, too, actually not a story but an excerpt from his 2004 novel Dark Matter (or I guess I should say Hachomer Haafel since it doesn’t seem to exist in English.) It was good!
Sometime last year I was in a coffee shop in Berkeley doing math with Tom Church and on the bookshelf there was an old issue of Story, and in the table of contents I found Vinayak Vatsal. Not the same Vinayak Vatsal as the number theorist I know, surely, but…. yep, it was him. I only got to read the beginning of Nike’s story because I was supposed to be doing math, but that one was good too, what I read.
How many mathematicians are secretly placing stories in literary magazines, I’d like to know?