MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Out of the Sun: A Novel (1996)
Robert Goddard
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Harry Barnett (first introduced in the novel Into the Blue) investigates the circumstances that lead to his son's accident. The son, 33 year old math genius, lies in a coma and the accident is somehow related to his interest in "hyperdimensions" and his job at a company which predicts the future. (Sounds hokey to me, by I haven't read it yet!)

Contributed by Sarah-Marie Belcastro

This is hard to review. It wasn't to my personal taste (sentence fragments--ugh), but the plot is compelling, with lots of twists. I guess I'd classify it as a murder mystery. There is some dimensionality underlying the plot, as well as some mildly misused mathematical lingo from other fields and some attempts to explain mathematics and physics in ultra-lay terms. The science/math is pretty lame, though.

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Ratings for Out of the Sun: A Novel:
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Mathematical Content:
2.33/5 (3 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.67/5 (3 votes)
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Categories:
GenreMystery,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions, Future Prediction through Math,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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