Charles Yu discusses his acclaimed novel How to Live Safely in the Fictional Universe with editor Eli Horowitz. A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a co-worker out on a date. A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape. A company outsources grief for profit with the tagline: "Don't feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you." Named by the National Book Foundation as one of its "5 under 35" fiction writers to watch, Yu draws from both pop culture and science to transport his readers into an imaginative universe in his latest collection, Sorry Please Thank You: Stories. Join us and hear from this major new voice in American fiction as he discusses his latest foray into the heart of the human condition.
Former Managing Editor and Publisher, McSweeneys; Co-author, Everything You Know Is Pong.
Charles Yu (born in 1976 in Los Angeles) is an Asian American writer. He is the author of the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and the short story collections Third Class Superhero and Sorry Please Thank You.
How to Live Safely was ranked the year's second best science fiction novel by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas - runner up for the Campbell Memorial Award
Charles Yu, author, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and Eli Horowitz, former Managing Editor and publisher of McSweeneys, discuss how the speed of advancing technology makes us feel that we are living in a science fiction universe.