I, of course, am not at all nervous about normal math, which I define as arithmetic and algebra. You hand me a polynomial and I can factor that sucker, though if I have to find rational zeros to get started, I will be peeved. (I admit I don’t recall anything about trig except it has to do with triangles, and very little about calculus except that derivatives have to do with finding the rates at which things change.)
Anyway, sure, I will probably like math in SF, unless it just seems stupid, like the magic wand math in the TV show “NUMB3RS.” Alas, that is most often the case for math in SF.
Let me see which books Book Riot points to here …
Gosh, I haven’t read any of these. Plus the post is perhaps cheating by pointing to two books by the same author — Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers, both by Seanan McGuire. Perhaps that isn’t cheating, as I see the two books belong to different series. The latter is an InCryptid novel, not a series I liked at all when I tried it. The former looks like horror:
Doesn’t that look like horror? And while the end of October is a good time to read horror or dark fantasy, I have a book or two of that description I was already planning to read.
Anyway, it’s surprising to me that Book Riot would pick out five SF novels in which math is important and I wouldn’t have read any of them. Maybe I will try Middlegame after all.