Q: Can we try this again?
A: Go for it.
Q: What is Minor Universe 31?
A: In 2010, Charles Yu defined it as “an interior space” but also “real, a physical place” and “a box, a white space, a forgotten gap-filler between more important universes.”
Q: Who is Charles Yu?
A: He was (and sometimes is) a time machine repair man.
Q: What do you mean, was (and sometimes is)?
A: Sometimes he is, and sometimes he was.
Q: Um, okay. Why should I care about this person?
A: You shouldn’t. All you need to know about Charles Yu is that he’s the guy who receives The Book From Nowhere.
Q: The what?
A: The Book From Nowhere
Q: Who gave him the book?
A: Charles Yu. His future self.
Q: He gave himself the book? Did he write it?
A: Well, no. Yes. I don’t know. I guess that’s kind of the question.
Q: That’s not exactly an answer.
A: That’s not exactly a question.
Q: Come on.
A: Please phrase in the form of a question.
Q: You are the worst.
A: Does not compute.
Q: Stop talking in robot voice. That’s not even a good robot voice.
A: You always have to get personal about it.
Q: Fine. Forget it. Be like that.
A: I will.
Q: At least tell me this: where is Charles Yu now?
A: Unclear. He shows up here from time to time.
Q: Why here?
A: This tumblr is the part of Minor Universe 31 that touches the region of time known as 2010. It also happens to be near enough to Earth that we can capture and record his output.
Q: What does he do when he’s here?
A: Downloads client service logs. Talks about his dog, Ed. Talks to his computer’s operating system, TAMMY. Tinkers with his time machine.
Q: Anything else I need to know?
A: There is…a slight chance that a special version of The Book From Nowhere will enter Earth’s universe. Which could be…uh, interesting.
A: No, not…necessarily. Just, uh, keep an eye out for it.