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Out of the Sun: A Novel (1996)
Robert Goddard

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)
Literary Quality:
3.67/5 (3 votes)

MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions, Future Prediction through Math,

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