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Normally, I don't like works of mathematical fiction that use mathematical terminology and notation to discuss romantic relationships. They often involve groaninducing formulae like "Pat + Sandy = Love".
However, this short story which utilizes the format of mathematical proofs to tell a love story (with a science fiction twist) does it especially well.
Written as a sequence of theorems (each numbered, stated, and then "proved"), it tells the story of someone in a long distance relationship with an astronaut.
Since the story is so short (and so good), I would urge you to obtain a copy and read it yourself before I get to any "spoilers" below. It was published in the "Futures" column of Nature in February 2023 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586022041951). I am very grateful to Allan Goldberg for noticing this short story and bringing it to my attention.
SPOILER ALERT: Below I will discuss the ending and so you are encouraged to read the original before continuing if you can. SPOILER ALERT: Below I will discuss the ending and so you are encouraged to read the original before continuing if you can. SPOILER ALERT: Below I will discuss the ending and so you are encouraged to read the original before continuing if you can. The story goes on with "Theorem 1.2: The rebound theorem" about a seemingly successful date that unfortunately ends in a contradiction through the line "I just don't think of you like that." As expected, "Theorem 1.3: The central limit theorem" involves the emergence of normal distributions, but also dating apps and questions about "that nice astronaut boy" from a parent. The formula s=d/t comes up in each of the theorems all the way through "Theorem 1.5: The endoftheworld theorem". Here it is revealed that the astronaut was attempting to save the planet Earth from an imminent disaster, and that the attempt was unsuccessful. Consequently, the value of t approaches zero, representing the infinitesimally small amount of time they have left to live. Under these circumstances, the formula takes on a whole new meaning, as does their relationship. To me, this was a very clever way to use mathematics in a work of fiction. There are a few other works that I find similar to this one in some ways, especially Division by Zero and Problems for SelfStudy, but this ending still seems quite unique to me. 
More information about this work can be found at www.nature.com. 
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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.
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