Charles Yu 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.” In 2007, Yu won the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award. When discussing Yu’s work, Italo Calvino comes up as does Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut. What strikes me is Yu’s flair for a natural and casual humor mixed in with philosophical musings and various games with language and narrative. You can read my review of “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe” right here.
“How to Live” has already made its mark but there are always new readers to court. A new printing of the book is out along with an e-book. And a movie remains in development. If you have not heard of Charles Yu, don’t worry, you will.
Do you like quirky fiction? Do you like a good time travel story? Do you simply enjoy a good story? Then you’ll want to know the work of Charles Yu. In this interview we talk about Comic-Con fan culture; some of the traits for an archetypal hero; and we get a window into Yu’s next work.