This is not simply a science fiction novel. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe exists within the meme and metaphor of speculative fiction, but should not be confused with a parable of time travel. Charles Yu’s novel is meta-fiction, and in some ways closer in spirit to Barth, Calvino, Coover and Borges than to a genre-straddling novel from Junot Diaz. The narrator is author Charles Yu, time machine technician. He is a man living a universe where, given the limitless possibilities of time-places to visit, the first place people inevitably choose to go is their own very worst experience. Using humor, physics and literary word play, Yu embarks upon a sorrowing adventure about how people dwell on the past and fail to appreciate the present.

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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2011

This is one of my favorite books to recommend both to sci-fi experts and recent converts to the worlds of Coraline and The Hunger Games. Armed only with the powerful Book of Heroes, the young Yukiro races into an unknown world to save her brother. She is not fighting magical monsters, though, but cruel bullies. Miyabe’s writing is sparse, witty, and deeply invested in the mystical, while her topics are painfully rooted in the real world.   
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Published: Haikasoru - November 15th, 2011

Alice in Wonderland drops through the rabbit hole of the London Underground & the fabulously dark imagination of Gaiman to produce a tale of an everyman hero in unusual circumstances. Whether you’re a fan of Gaiman’s other work, much of which has been adapted into film, or wondering where to start in modern sci-fi, Neverwhere will incite your fancy. The novel’s sense of wonder is intermixed with Gaiman’s excellent eye for humanity’s foibles. With heroes as diverse as a modern day London metro car, you’ll find someone to root for, regret, love, or fear as our hero finds his way home.
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Published: Avon Books - November 1st, 1998

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