Genreville notes with sadness the passing of Benoît Mandelbrot. Both Rose and I were fortunate enough to have met him in person at the Ig Nobel Awards. For those not in the know, Mandelbrot was best known for his work in the mathematics of fractal geometry. He formulated the classic fractal formula for what became known as the “Mandelbrot Set“.
Mandelbrot’s influence on genre fiction is huge, ranging from Piers Anthony’s whimsical Fractal Mode to Connie Willis’ arguably hard SF novel Bellwether.
He will be missed.