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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel (Vintage) (edició 2011)

de Charles Yu

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Charles Yu, time travel technician, helps save people from themselves in Minor Universe 31, a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction. When he's not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog named Ed, and using a book titled "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" as his guide, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory.… (més)
Membre:BurgandyIce
Títol:How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel (Vintage)
Autors:Charles Yu
Informació:Vintage (2011), Paperback, 256 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
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I try to avoid reading reviews because I too often get spoiled by them, but I wish I'd read more about this one. Since it wasn't what I expected, i didn't enjoy it much at all. But I can appreciate that I might have liked it had I known what I was getting into. Basically it was like chugging a beer when I thought I'd picked up a soda. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
In a word, brilliant! I know I wasn't intelligent enough to "get" it all but I got enough to love it. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Feb 26, 2021 |
If you cut the times the author repeats the same sentence just rearranging the words, it would be a fine short story...

It has a good and interesting premise but i kept feeling that it tries too hard... ( )
  dudensen | Jan 7, 2021 |
Too metaphysical.
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
I ended up very annoyed and disappointed with this book. I feel that the author tried to sell me a plotless, introspective, melancholy literary "story" by wrapping it up in a misleading science fiction package. There were some very cool SF notions here, but most of them were thrown away without being developed or utilized as story elements. Likewise, there were moments of wry humor and a few things that were cute, but nothing that struck me as "hilarious" as several blurbs described.

Yu is a talented writer and obviously a deep thinker, but I felt he promised one book and wrote quite another. If you go into it with a more accurate idea of what to expect, you may enjoy the book more than I did. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
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The deceptively simple plot can be told in one sentence: a time-travel-machine repairman wants to locate his missing father before his past catches up to him and shoots him dead. Our anxieties and fears are heightened as the protagonist's past gets ever closer. That the protagonist's father devoted his life to creating a time-travel machine allows us to ponder the dilemma of a brilliant person trapped in the role of a family man. VERDICT: Fans of Ursula K. Le Guin and 'social science fiction,' as well as readers of an adventurous nature, will enjoy this book, which has the potential to become a cult classic.
afegit per sduff222 | editaLibrary Journal, Victor Or (Oct 1, 2010)
 
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is intellectually demanding, but also emotionally rich and funny. It's clearly the work of a scifi geek who knows how to twist pop culture tropes into melancholy meditations on the nature of consciousness.
afegit per sduff222 | editaio9.com, Annalee Newitz (Aug 16, 2010)
 
There are times when he starts off a paragraph about chronodiegetics that just sounds like pseudo-scientific gibberish meant to fill in some space. And then you realize that what he’s saying actually makes sense, that he’s actually figured out something really fascinating about the way time works, about the way fiction works, and the “Aha!” switch in your brain gets flipped. That happened more than once for me. There are so many sections here and there that I found myself wanting to share with somebody: Here—read this paragraph! Look at this sentence! Ok, now check this out!
 
The eponymous lonely-guy narrator in Yu’s debut novel is a time-machine repairman working in the slightly damaged Minor Universe 31, where people can time-travel for recreational purposes—or, Charles muses, is it re-creational purposes, given our desire to rewrite history? Charles dwells in a small module with TAMMY, a cute but insecure operating system, and Ed the dog, who is good company even though he’s a “weird ontological entity” rather than a flesh-and-blood animal. Woebegone Charles has never gotten over the disappearance of his father, a thwarted time-travel pioneer. With Star Wars allusions, glimpses of a future world, and journeys to the past, as well as hilarious and poignant explanations of “chronodiegetics,” or the “theory of the nature and function of time within a narrative space,” Yu, winner of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award, constructs a clever, fluently metaphorical tale. A funny, brain-teasing, and wise take on archetypal father-and-son issues, the mysteries of time and memory, emotional inertia, and one sweet but bumbling misfit’s attempts to escape a legacy of sadness and isolation.
afegit per sduff222 | editaBooklist, Donna Seaman
 
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is a triumph, as good as anything in Calvino or Stanislaw Lem. I wish I could travel back in time with a copy and fraudulently publish it under my own name. Like most people, I thought I learned everything I needed to know about time travel from H.G. Wells and Star Trek, but I thought wrong: In Yu's skillful hands a worn-out science fiction plot device becomes a powerfully expressive metaphor for how we experience the flickering, ineffable, ungraspable spatio-temporal phenomenon of life. Because after all, we're all time travelers, blundering forward into the future at the rate of one second per subjectively experienced second.

Except when we don't. Think about it: How many times have you yourself been trapped in a time loop, cycling obsessively through one inescapable moment, again and again and again, while the rest of the universe rolled forward and left you behind?
 

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Charles Yu, time travel technician, helps save people from themselves in Minor Universe 31, a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction. When he's not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog named Ed, and using a book titled "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" as his guide, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory.

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