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Robert Harris' novel The Fear Index (2012) takes place over 24 hours on May 6 2010 where the life of eccentric former physicist Alex Hoffmann – now hedge fund owner and developer of trading algorithms – is threatened while the market collapses. It is unclear whether the trader suffers from a schizophrenic psychosis or whether his algorithm VIXAL-4 has actually overpowered him. The fund's portfolio is "all out of shape" and Hoffmann's personality "had grown lopsided", as the algorithmic monsterdoi:10.7146/kok.v45i124.103922 fatcat:vlo5sbd3afei3mdzgsejp34g4m