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The Martian (2014)
Andy Weir

An astronaut is stranded alone on Mars and must figure out how to survive until he can be rescued.

My wife and I both loved this "hard SF" novel (soon to be a movie). But, we disagreed about whether it was mathematical fiction. I read it without even considering adding it to this database and then passed it to her. When she read it, she noted that the protagonist had to do lots of calculations to save his own life and wondered why it wasn't here.

So, I'm curious to know what you think. First, if you haven't read The Martian, you should. It is wonderful. Then, once you have, please write to let me know if you think it should be in this database. (Thanks!)

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Works Similar to The Martian
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Clockwork Rocket [Orthogonal Book One] by Greg Egan
  2. Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem
  3. The Infinite Tides by Christian Kiefer
  4. She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
  5. The Axiom of Choice by David W. Goldman
  6. The Arrows of Time [Orthogonal Book Three] by Greg Egan
  7. Music of the Spheres by Ken Liu
  8. Strange Attractors by Charles Soule (author) / Greg Scott (Illustrator)
  9. The Eternal Flame [Orthogonal Book Two] by Greg Egan
  10. The Humans: A Novel by Matt Haig
Ratings for The Martian:
RatingsHave you seen/read this work of mathematical fiction? Then click here to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage.
Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4.67/5 (3 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifMath as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,
TopicReal Mathematics,

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