How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Hardback)
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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 01/10/2010

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Waterstones Says

An infectiously inventive joyride through alternative universes, Yu’s genre-bending debut about a man with a time-machine is a wild and resonant exploration of the nature of memory.

With only TAMMY - a slightly tearful computer with self-esteem issues - a software boss called Phil - Microsoft Middle Manager 3.0 - and an imaginary dog called Ed for company, fixing time machines is a lonely business and Charles Yu is stuck in a rut. 

He's spent the better part of a decade navel-gazing, spying on 39 different versions of himself in alternate universes (and discovered that 35 of them are total jerks). And he's kind of fallen in love with TAMMY, which is bad because she doesn't have a module for that.

With all that's on his mind, perhaps it's no surprise that when he meets his future self, he shoots him in the stomach. And that's a beginner's mistake for a time machine repairman. Now he's stuck in a time loop, going in circles forever. All he has, wrapped in brown paper, is the book his future self was trying to press into his hands. It's called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. And he's the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could save him.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781848876804
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm

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“An exciting and emotional ride through time!”

Science fiction is generally not the area I hang out in at the bookshop but I'd heard a lot of good things about Charles Yu's debut. Turning to the first page, I read a short paragraph - the gist? Charles... More

Hardback edition
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“Different”

I judged this book by its cover, and title, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was more than I expected. Charles Yu has created the Science Fictional Universe as an exploration of Father/Son division and unspoken... More

Paperback edition
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Nicole @WstonesHemel

“Not What I thought”

I really was looking forward to this Rob Grant sounding Red Dwarf Universe, however I personally found it fell flat.
Guy in a time machine switches back and forth between alternate times and realities, the Star Wars... More

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