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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
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Feb 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, post-modern-literary-fiction
Read from February 28 to March 19, 2012

The NYTimes blurb compares Yu to Douglas Adams and Philip K. Dick, which is like telling me the book is made of chocolate that cures cancer. So far I think Yu hovers closer to the Dick pole than the Adams (yes, I just wrote "Dick pole"), and his use of himself as a fictional character attempting to sort his human identity from his fictive one reminds me of Martin Amis or Paul Auster. Yet I think the pomo fiction conceit works better here than with those more "realistic" authors; science fiction narrative acts as language, as setting, as a commodity, as a kind of physics. The author creates himself in the process of creating. This creates a few paradoxes that the author-character has to sort out. I'm smack in the middle of the thing, so I'm eager to see how it all turns out.
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Charles Reid this is the best review of anything ever

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