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CHARLES YU is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award, and was nominated for two WGA awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC and HBO. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate and Wired. His next novel, INTERIOR CHINATOWN, will be published by Pantheon in January 2020.

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How to Live Safely in a Sci...

3.38 avg rating — 12,302 ratings — published 2010 — 29 editions
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Sorry Please Thank You

3.64 avg rating — 1,910 ratings — published 2012 — 10 editions
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Third Class Superhero

3.52 avg rating — 694 ratings — published 2006 — 11 editions
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Interior Chinatown

4.57 avg rating — 21 ratings — expected publication 2020 — 3 editions
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Yeoman

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Hero Absorbs Major Damage

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"Charles Yu has produced a rare creature: a novel that is highly literary, playful with form, very funny and - most notably - not difficult. One thing that worked particularly well is the fuzzy boundary between the protagonist's real/screen persona..." Read more of this review »
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"Wow, I love this book so much. Most books are lucky to be either clever or deep, but Interior Chinatown is both, and makes it look easy. Charles Yu has so much to say about the formulas that make up pop-culture storytelling, and the ways those for..." Read more of this review »
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“...unfortunately, it's true: time does heal. It will do so whether you like it or not, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. If you're not careful, time will take away everything that ever hurt you, everything you have ever lost, and replace it with knowledge. Time is a machine: it will convert your pain into experience. Raw data will be compiled, will be translated into a more comprehensible language. The individual events of your life will be transmuted into another substance called memory and in the mechanism something will be lost and you will never be able to reverse it, you will never again have the original moment back in its uncategorized, preprocessed state. It will force you to move on and you will not have a choice in the matter.”
Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“If I could be half the person my dog is, I'd be twice the human I am.”
Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
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“I don't miss him anymore. Most of the time, anyway. I want to. I wish I could but unfortunately, it's true: time does heal. It will do so whether you like it or not, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. If you're not careful, time will take away everything that ever hurt you, everything you have lost, and replace it with knowledge. Time is a machine: it will convert your pain into experience... It will force you to move on and you will not have a choice in the matter.”
Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

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What is your favorite time travel book? (Please add it if it's not already here).

 
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Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon OutlanderOutlander (write-in)
 
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11/22/63 by Stephen King 11/22/63 by Stephen King (write-in)
 
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Red River, Vol. 1 (Red River, #1) by Chie Shinohara Anatolia Story by Chie Shinohara (Note by admin: This is actually a Manga graphic novel series know as Red River in the English translation but a notable entry in this chart)
 
  3 votes, 2.9%

 
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The Map of Time (Trilogía Victoriana, #1) by Félix J. Palma The Map of Time (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 2.0%

Blackout (Oxford Time Travel, #3) by Connie Willis Blackout by Connie Willis (write-in)
 
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Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson Somewhere in Time (write-in)
 
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Unhappenings (write-in)
 
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Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut (write-in)
 
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