Monday, August 2, 2010

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

by Charles Yu
Pantheon, September
A novel about a man coming to terms with his father and his place in the world while travelling in (or avoiding, as the case may be) time. Part Neal Stephenson, part Dave Eggers, with a dash of Douglas Adams.

Charles Yu's father invented time travel before disappearing, his mother lives in a loop of time in which she makes dinner over and over again, and Charles, a time machine repair guy, spends his life existing out of time, searching for the time/space to which his father disappeared. From explanations of tenses as a basis for time travel to job opportunities in the Death Star's accounts receivable, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe covers the spectrum of science fiction today.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ms. McCoola,

    Thanks so much for reading. I love your breakdown of the book as part Stephenson, part Eggers, and a dash of Douglas Adams. You nailed it, in terms of what I was going for (whether or not I succeeded is a different question, I suppose). Thanks again.

    Charlie Yu

    P.S. Those are great clay figures.