Charles Yu’s first novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe follows Protagonist Yu (P.Y.) through space and time. It’s science fiction, but, as New York Times reviewer Ander Monson put it, “Yu’s sound and fury conceal (and construct) this novel’s dense, tragic, all-too-human heart.”

Protagonist Yu can be found in Minor Universe 31, a slightly damaged world suffering from an incomplete conceptual framework. Joined by a piece of software named TAMMY and a virtual but “ontologically valid” dog, P.Y. navigates the maddeningly unsure space-time fabric of his universe in an effort to find his long-lost father. 

Author Charles Yu talked to Sam on the Avid Reader show a couple of weeks ago. He has a busy life as a lawyer and father, finding time to write between the hours of 12:00 and 3:00AM. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is one of our favorites of 2010!

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Charles Yu


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