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CHARLES YU is the author of four books, including his latest, Interior Chinatown, which is a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and shortlisted for Le Prix Médicis étranger. He has received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award, been nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards for his work on the HBO series Westworld, and has also written for shows on FX, AMC, Facebook Watch, and Adult Swim. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Time and Ploughshares. You can find him on Twitter @charles_yu.

Charles Yu is the author of books: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Interior Chinatown, Sorry Please Thank You, Third Class Superhero, Ars Ludens: relatos para sobrevivir al enemigo de final de fase, Yeoman, Hero Absorbs Major Damage, Fable, Systems, Top Ten Tips for Time Travelers

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A 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.
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From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: he's merely Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here too. . . but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it?

After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he's ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family, and what that means for him, in today's America.

Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.
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The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.

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 coworker 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, their tagline: "Don't feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you."
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Charles Yu experiments with form and genre to explore the stories we tell ourselves while navigating contemporary life. In "Third Class Superhero," a would- be good guy must come to terms with the darkness in his heart. A couple living in the Luxury Car Commercial subdivision in "401(k)" are disappointed when their exotic vacation turns into a Life Insurance/Asset Management pitch. The author struggles to write the definitive biography of his mother in "Autobiographical Raw Material Unsuitable for the Mining of Fiction." In these and other stories, Yu’s characters run up against the conventions and parameters of their artificial story lines while tackling the terrifying aspects of existence: mothers, jobs, spouses, the need to express feelings.
 
Heartbreaking, hilarious, smart, and surprising, Third Class Superhero marks the arrival of an impressive new talent.
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Videojuegos, referencias pop, humor y desamor para reflexionar sobre la soledad, la familia, el trabajo y las relaciones humanas, todo en relatos veloces, ágiles e inolvidables. Esto es Ars ludens, la selección de los mejores cuentos del autor estadounidense de origen taiwanés Charles Yu.
En su peculiar estilo, Yu construye relatos minimalistas, como si hubiese arrancado de sus historias todos los elementos más voluminosos de la ciencia ficción y la fantasía y hubiese dejado solo los alambres. Héroes de videojuego que dudan de su heroicidad, amor en locutorios de intercambio sensorial, zombis en el supermercado de confianza, guiños a Star Trek y mucho más.
Humor a veces negro y un carácter lúdico que se basa muchas veces en conocidas bromas sobre otros universos del género, o en otros elementos de la cultura popular contempóranea, como zombis, superhéroes y videojuegos, no solo en tanto que posibilidades narrativas que desestabilizan las fronteras entre la realidad y la ficción sino también como modos de reflexionar sobre lo que significa ser humano.
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Short story, Fantasy.

Gamers on a campaign.

From the forthcoming coming book "SORRY PLEASE THANK YOU" by Charles Yu (c) 2012 Charles Yu
To be published July, 2012 by Pantheon Books.
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En mai 2016, Charles Yu publie dans le New Yorker une courte nouvelle, Fable, où un psychiatre suggère à son patient de raconter sa vie sous la forme d’un récit de fantasy. L’homme se plie à l’exercice. Et Charles Yu rédige une des nouvelles les plus touchantes et fines qu’il vous sera donné de lire.

Une nouvelle traduite par Aurélie Thiria-Meulemans et illustrée par Tom Gauld.

Cette nouvelle peut être lue en anglais sur le site du New Yorker. Sur ce site, vous trouverez aussi une version audio du texte, lu par Charles Yu lui-même.
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The NY Times Decameron Project: Twenty-nine short stories to help us try to understand this moment (quarantine).
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Short essay from 'The Time Traveler's Almanac'