National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu
delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and
utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . .
through quantum space-time.
Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of
fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely
sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious
business. Every day, people get into time machines and try to do
the one thing they should never do: change the past. That's where
Charles Yu, time travel technician-part counselor, part gadget
repair man-steps in. He helps save people from themselves.
Literally. When he's not taking client calls or consoling his boss,
Phil, who could really use an upgrade, Yu visits his mother (stuck
in a one-hour cycle of time, she makes dinner over and over and
over) and searches for his father, who invented time travel and
then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low
self-esteem, and Ed, a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog, Yu
sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where
he and his father can meet in memory. He learns that the key may be
found in a book he got from his future self. 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 help
him-in fact it may even save his life.
Wildly new and adventurous, Yu's debut is certain to send shock
waves of wonder through literary space-time.