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I recall once reading a series of short stories where any sort of calculation would summon demons or perform other magic. The main character was an investigator of some sort, and his boss was (secretly) a summoned and geased demon. What universe did this take place in?

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    Any sort of calculation? Can you give us an example, a scene, a bit of plot? Roughly how long ago did you read it, and in what language? Was it a book, a magazine series or online? Were people carrying swords? Riding steam-driven, demon-fired locomotives? Wearing fedoras and trenchcoats? Was the fantasy tinged with math-science-fiction? Comedy? Horror? Was it Lovecraftian? Zelaznian? Hofstaderian? Did it mention Alan Turing or Kurt Gödel? – Beta Nov 17 '14 at 4:14
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    See, this is why I refused to do Maths homework in school. Let the smart kids get eaten by demons. – James Sheridan Nov 17 '14 at 7:58
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    I always knew that math was evil – Robert Nov 17 '14 at 14:48
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    Ah @Robert! You beat me to that one!! – Daft Nov 17 '14 at 17:07
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    A "geas" is a type of magic spell, typically a spell of forbidding or compelling. – Joe L. Nov 18 '14 at 14:24
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It may be Charles Stross' Laundry Files series. The series, which consists of novels, short-stories and novellas, is based on the very Lovecraftian idea of crossing magic and mathematics. The main character, Bob Howard, is an agent of a secret British agency that is charged with investigating and controlling the magical results of certain higher mathematical functions. There are hints in the earlier stories that Bob's boss is something other than strictly human. The novel The Fuller Memorandum goes into more detail on his boss' nature.

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    Advisory: The earlier stories in the Laundry Files are fairly light-hearted. Stross has warned us that as the date of the Old Ones return approaches, the stories are going to become considerably darker. His Hugo-winning novella Equoid is arguably the start of that trend; it's significantly disturbing, and the copy on tor.com carries a quite justified warning that it "contains scenes and situations some readers will find upsetting and/or repellent." I like Stross's writing, and I like what he has done with the Laundry, but not all readers will want to follow where he's going with it. – keshlam Nov 17 '14 at 6:18
  • @keshlam Indeed, and good on him for doing so. You can only carry the Dilbertesque aspects so far when the storyline is moving towards actual Living Envy The Dead Except There Will Be No Dead Just Legions Of Possessed Corpses Mentally Screaming In Eternal Agony territory. As an equestrian myself, Equoid was a tough one. I've never looked at the inevitable gaggle of horsie girls I see all time, in the same way. >.< – Marakai May 27 '16 at 1:30

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