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How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu

Something a little lighter for the shorter days of fall.



Book description:

"From a 5 Under 35 winner, comes a razor-sharp, hilarious, and touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum space-time.
 
Every day in Minor Universe 31 people get into time machines and try to change the past. That's where Charles Yu, time travel technician, steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he's not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. The key to locating his father may be found in a book. It's called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and somewhere inside it is information that will help him. It may even save his life."

Booklist says, "With Star Wars allusions, glimpses of a future world, and journeys to the past, as well as hilarious and poignant explanations of “chronodiegetics,” or the “theory of the nature and function of time within a narrative space,” Yu, winner of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award, constructs a clever, fluently metaphorical tale. A funny, brain-teasing, and wise take on archetypal father-and-son issues, the mysteries of time and memory, emotional inertia, and one sweet but bumbling misfit’s attempts to escape a legacy of sadness and isolation."

Library Journal suggested that the book "has the potential to become a cult classic." 

Kirkus called the book, "a fascinating, philosophical and disorienting thriller about life and the context that gives it meaning."


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  • Jennifer

    Found my favorite quote from the book: "I was headed for an entire life spent alone, pitying myself for not being more, ignoring all those people who actually ask me to be more, because they see it in me."

    October 29, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Questions and further reading will be posted in the discussion area of the meetup.

    October 21, 2013

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