How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2010 by Pantheon.

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3 stars (4 reviews)

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.

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4 stars

This is a fascinating book with a lot of little philosophical tidbits to chew on. I'll be thinking about this one for a while. It's autobiographical but transferred to a sci fi setting. There are a lot of poignant moments with the main character's Taiwanese immigrant parents, which I'm assuming are drawn from the author's life (The MC has the author's name, so not a stretch). These largely dwell on his father's struggle to make something of himself in a country that doesn't value the ambitions of poor immigrants. In the book, the father's ambition during the MC's childhood is to invent a time machine and thereby earn respect and prestige as an engineer. As an adult, the MC works as a time machine repairman, spending all his time in a nebulous region of time not connected to the real world's present, wondering where his missing father is. This leads …

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