How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel Themes

Charles Yu
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Memory as Time Travel

This novel's principal theme, explored exhaustively, is the relationship between the structure and workings of memory and the theory of time travel. The author's contention is that memory is a kind of time travel that happens constantly in every human brain, although people often do not pay close attention to what, exactly, is happening. On several occasions, humans are described as the perfect time machines and time travel itself is defined as principally a function of mind. Any object, such as a house or a car, can be a time machine, if a person occupies it who knows how to access time travel. The passing of each moment into history and the ever-fleeting nature of the present are tied closely in the novel to the concept of time travel. The only reality that exists now of times and places in the past are contained in...

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