MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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End of Days (2011)
Eric Walters
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Although it appears to the world as if many of the leading scientists and mathematicians coincidentally died during the same year, what actually happened to them in this YA novel is that they were kidnapped and taken to a secret research facility to collectively address a problem that threatens the future of all life on Earth.

One of those kidnapped researchers is mathematician Daniel Sheppard who is shown to be unfashionable, socially awkward, not physically fit, brilliant but reluctant to express his opinion on anything about which he is less than 100% certain, and comforted by the unquestionable reliability of numbers. In other words, he is a stereotypical fictional math professor, and he goes on to play a major role in this novel and its sequel.

Spoiler alert: Don't read below this line if you want to be surprised by the ending of this novel.

Spoiler alert: Don't read below this line if you want to be surprised by the ending of this novel.

Spoiler alert: Don't read below this line if you want to be surprised by the ending of this novel.

Although a reluctant participant at first, Sheppard rises to a position of authority in the International Space Agency and ends up being the only adult on a space ship carrying 100 children to safety. This "Ender's Game"-ish scenario is where the sequel Regenesis picks up, but there is even less math in that book and so I don't currently plan to give it a separate entry in this database.

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Works Similar to End of Days
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo
  2. Time, Like an Ever Rolling Stream by Judith Moffett
  3. His Master's Voice by Stanislaw Lem
  4. White Rabbit, Red Wolf [This Story is a Lie] by Tom Pollock
  5. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  6. Time Travel for Love and Profit by Sarah Lariviere
  7. Quaternia by Tom Petsinis
  8. Calculated Risks by Seanan McGuire
  9. Drop by Lisa Papademitriou
  10. Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds
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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, Young Adult,
MotifAnti-social Mathematicians,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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