How science fiction helped me through my grief

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… » 6/16/13 7:00am 6/16/13 7:00am

10 of Science Fiction's Most Depressing Futuristic Retirement Scenarios

The UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimates that, by the year 2100, life expectancy in developed countries will hover around 97 years and around 106 years by 2300. But will the quality of life for the elderly and retired increase with that increased lifespan? While many science fiction stories promise… » 9/15/12 10:00am 9/15/12 10:00am

Will Hollywood sentimentalize Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a…

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… » 12/02/11 10:30am 12/02/11 10:30am

Charles Yu's acclaimed How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional…

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. » 11/11/11 8:30am 11/11/11 8:30am

The secret origin story of How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional…

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. » 6/30/11 4:00pm 6/30/11 4:00pm

Ask Charles Yu Anything About "How To Live Safely In A Science…

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! » 12/09/10 12:00pm 12/09/10 12:00pm

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about "How To Live Safely…

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! » 12/07/10 7:50am 12/07/10 7:50am

Book club reminder: Read "How To Live Safely In A Science Fiction…

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? » 11/17/10 2:02pm 11/17/10 2:02pm

Escaping the time machine in Charles Yu's "How To Live Safely In A…

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. » 8/16/10 1:06pm 8/16/10 1:06pm