*This ebook includes photos, illustrations, and a bonus short story, which add to the ever-expanding world of Minor Universe 31. Photos and illustrations appear as hyperlinks in text. 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 spaceatime. 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. Thatas where Charles Yu, time travel technicianapart counselor, part gadget repair manasteps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When heas 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. Itas called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and heas the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could help himain fact it may even save his life. Wildly new and adventurous, Yuas debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary spaceatime.He learns that the key may be found in a book he got from his future self. Itas called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and heas the author.
|Title||:||How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe|
|Publisher||:||Vintage - 2010-09-07|