MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Accidental Time Machine (2007)
Joe Haldeman
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A few mathematical ideas are tossed around casually in this light and entertaining science fiction story about a lab assistant who realizes before his boss that the device they are working on can be used as a time machine. In his adventures, he travels farther and farther into the future. In fact, one slightly mathematical aspect of the story is the fact that the times by which the machine travels into the future form a geometric series -- increasing each time by a factor of 12. But, the main reason I am listing this SF novel here is the occasional vague reference to abstract algebra and topology and the discovery of a ``mathematical Rosetta Stone''.

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Works Similar to The Accidental Time Machine
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Stamping Butterflies by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  2. The Time Machine by Herbert George Wells
  3. The Holmes-Ginsbook Device by Isaac Asimov
  4. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  5. The Unteleported Man (aka Lies Inc.) by Philip K. Dick
  6. I of Newton by Joe Haldeman
  7. In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D'Amato
  8. Occam's Razor by David Duncan
  9. The Ah of Life by Banks Helfrich (Writer and Director)
  10. Schild's Ladder by Greg Egan
Ratings for The Accidental Time Machine:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifTime Travel,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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