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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel

5 Ratings: 3.2
A book by Charles Yu

Yu uses futuristic ideas to explore a mundane theme: writing about the self and the moment in Tristram Shandy–esque digressions. The protagonist, who shares the author's name, spends most of the story interacting with entities that either … see full wiki

Author: Charles Yu
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Pantheon
2 reviews about How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional...
review by . September 21, 2010
When a book is about to take you back into the past of propel you into the future, you know the author has done thei job of writing a book that people will read, appreciate and share. When HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE, author Charles Yu puts himself into a story where he is havng to deal with the life that is his reality and the sheer uncertainty of what is to come.    In the book Charles and his father find it difficult at times to communicate, or at least …
review by . September 03, 2010
Colson Whitehead thinks that this book is cool as hell. I have some reservations about that.    Yu grapples with time travel problems and paradox, physics and metaphysics, and the unmathematical mysteries of the human heart. The protagonist, who is also named Charles Yu, is an emotionally stunted time machine technician who gets himself into a time loop, armed with a cryptic message from his future self. He writes a book that his future self has already written. The title of …
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