Charles Yu

Charles Yu is an American author known for his speculative fiction and work in television. He has written several books, including 'How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe' and 'Interior Chinatown,' the latter of which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2020. Yu's writing often explores themes of identity, technology, and the human experience through a unique blend of humor and insight.


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  1. 1. How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe

    In this metafictional novel, a time machine repairman, trapped in a time loop, searches for his father and the meaning of his existence within a universe that operates on science fiction tropes. As he navigates a landscape filled with paradoxes, dog-eared pages of his life, and a self-aware narrative, he confronts his past and the nature of reality itself. The book blends emotional depth with quantum mechanics, exploring themes of family, memory, and the passage of time, all while breaking the fourth wall and challenging the conventions of storytelling.

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