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Published as part of his "Mathematical Recreations" column in Scientific American (February 1992), this story concerns human colonists on Mars who are trying to figure out how many nonoverlapping "circular" regions of a fixed radius they can put on the planet. Though in the story the regions are the ranges of TV transmitters and the problem is complicated by ancient Martian artifacts, the point of the story is to introduce an example of a packing problem and to discuss several real results on such problems in mathematics. 
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in nonfictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)