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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
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National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space–time.  Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction, where... show more
National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space–time.  Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious business. Every day, people get into time machines and try to do the one thing they should never do: change the past. That’s where Charles Yu, time travel technician—part counselor, part gadget repair man—steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he’s not taking client calls or consoling his boss, Phil, who could really use an upgrade, Yu visits his mother (stuck in a one-hour cycle of time, she makes dinner over and over and over) and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and Ed, a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory. He learns that the key may be found in a book he got from his future self. It’s called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and he’s the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could help him—in fact it may even save his life.  Wildly new and adventurous, Yu’s debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary space–time.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307379207 (0307379205)
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages no: 233
Edition language: English
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The English Student
The English Student rated it
5.0 How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
This book was a lot of fun. I raced through it in the course of two train journeys, which feels appropriate, because it's a book about time, and it's a book about travel. OK, it's a book about time travel, but it places emphasis on both elements of that phrase, and wow, is it clever. Our Narrato...
Martini
Martini rated it
5.0 How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: Confusing but Marvelous
My personal subtitle for this book:Chronodiegetic science-fiction using the example of applied book-reader-interaction with a focus on metaphysics and philosophy.Books are time machines. Or in Charles Yu's words: "I.e. it is possible, in principle, to construct a universal time machine from no othe...
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia rated it
2.5 How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
A little Thursday Next meets existentialist nerdgasming and goes time travelling. I really enjoyed Yu's book of Short Stories "Sorry Please Thank You", and I love Thursday Next, so I loved the idea of this book, where a youngish man who happens to work as a time travel repairman in a sci-fi unive...
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it
2.0 How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Well now that I've finished it...Basically nothing happens until page 89 of 233. That's a long time to wait, especially while reading logorrhea from a guy who states explicitly that he's avoiding living--just hanging out with some software (and a dog that's not real) in a little box/womb. (For a min...
Books with a Beu
Books with a Beu rated it
1.0 How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel
When I started this book, I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of [b:Ready Player One|9969571|Ready Player One|Ernest Cline|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1383399667s/9969571.jpg|14863741]. Instead, I got a mishmash of daddy issues and confusing sci-fi.Also, this is s...
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