The question “What would you do if you traveled back in time?” is often synonymous with the question “What would you change about the past?”. But time travel is a rich subgenre, and some of its most interesting stories aren’t about changing the past — they’re about exploring it, so we can better understand ourselves…
What do you do when you're in the middle of working on your writing, and you get stuck? And then you start beating yourself up, which only makes it worse. This happens to everybody — but Sorry Please Thank You author Charles Yu has some terrific advice on how to cope.
During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also…
Charles Yu won us over with his weird, melancholy novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and now he's back on July 24 with a collection of short stories called Sorry Please Thank You. Like his novel, these stories are psychological studies of neurotic nerds, struggling to stay alive as they fight…
It's been an exciting time for anybody who wants to see Hollywood adapting some more adventurous source material. Acclaimed books by Charles Yu, Lauren Beukes and Cherie Priest have all gotten movie deals recently. Jeff VanderMeer has a great roundup of how all three authors have responded to the news — including…
We're mostly thrilled that Charles Yu's awesome novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is getting a big Hollywood movie deal. We're a bit concerned, though, that it's being spearheaded by Chris Columbus, maker of the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson, among many other things. Will the…
This weekend sees the first performances of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a one-man show based on Charles Yu's acclaimed novel. Last night was the opening night, and according to the Columbus Dispatch it was a huge hit.
If you're lucky enough to be in New York, then October is going to be a brilliant month for you — the Center for Fiction is putting on a whole month of science fiction and fantasy discussions, in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. It's all part of "The Big Read," a month-long program focusing on a…
To celebrate the paperback release of Charles Yu's incredible novel How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe, we're running an exclusive, never-before-seen-by-humans story that Yu wrote about the origin of the strange world where his time-traveling main character lives.
We've been talking about Charles Yu's book How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe over at the io9 Book Club, and now Yu is going to drop in to answer your questions. Post them in comments below!
Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. This month we read Charles Yu's novel, How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!
This month, the io9 book club is reading How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu. What's this io9 book club, you ask?
Amazon has published its list of the best science fiction and fantasy books of the year, and chances are you've got some catching up to do. There's a nice mix of books you've heard of and some you definitely haven't.
The author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe shares a surprising zombie story for Halloween. A pair of big box store employees find a zombie in their midst, but the encounter doesn't go as expected.
We're in the middle of a flood of literary novels that play with science fiction ideas right now. What's causing it? And how can science fiction benefit from all of this fresh energy?
September is upon us, bringing new novels from William Gibson, Guillermo del Toro and Cherie Priest. Plus: postmodern time travel, zombie relationship tips, and the ultimate smackdown between vampires and alien invaders!
A lonely time machine repairman and his dog, drifting through a "minor universe" owned by Time Warner Time, spend their days rescuing people from temporal paradoxes. Charles Yu's first novel is a goofy, sad mindbender about getting stuck outside time.
Everybody says San Diego Comic Con can make or break a project, and we saw it happening first-hand at SDCC 2010. Here's our list of the projects that gained supercharged buzz at SDCC... plus a few that lost some buzz.