How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

ISBN-10: 0307379205

ISBN-13: 9780307379207

Edition: 2010

Authors: Charles Yu

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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 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. Thatrs"s where Charles Yu, time travel technician-part counselor, part gadget repair man-steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When hers"s not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother (stuck in a onehour cycle, 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 a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog named Ed, and using a book titledHow to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universeas his guide, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory. With echoes of both Mark Danielewski and Douglas Adams, yet altogether wildly new and adventurous, Yurs"s debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary space-time.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/7/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Charles Yureceived the National Book Foundationrsquo;s 5 Under 35 Award for his story collectionThird Class Superhero,and he has also received the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. His work has been published in theHarvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review,andMid-American Review,among other journals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Michelle, and their two children. From the Hardcover edition.

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