Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

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Includes “Story of Your Life” the basis for the major motion picture Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

“Shining, haunting, mind-blowing tales . . . Ted Chiang is so exhilarating, so original, so stylish he just leaves you speechless.” —Junot Díaz 

Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder. An award-winning collection from one of today's most lauded writers, Stories of Your Life and Others is a contemporary classic.
 

About Ted Chiang

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Ted Chiang lives near Seattle, Washington.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The short-short “The Evolution of Human Science” first appeared in the prestigious science journal Nature, and ponders what science might become following the advent of incomprehensibly intelligent metahumans.

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Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang 352pp, Tor, £10.99 The short story is, apparently, in crisis: so deep, in fact, that there is an Arts Council-supported campaign to rescue it (saveourshortstory.org.uk), one of the aims of which is to give the form "more prestige and a higher profile".

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Whether their initial subject is ancient Babylonians building a tower that reaches the base of Heaven, translation of an alien language that shows a woman a new way to view her life as a mother, or mass-producing golems in an alternative Victorian England, Chiang's stories are audacious, challeng...

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SF Signal

The story is told in bite-size scenes and therefore is made up of a few smaller story lines.

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Monsters and Critics

And he takes the theme to new levels in the best story in the collection, which is also, ironically, one of the few stories not previously published--the collection's title story of "Pump Six."

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Fiction Reviews

Now, personally I think all these stories are brilliant, and I can not be alone because apparently Ted Chiang has won 3 Nebula Awards, a Hugo, the Ted Sturgeon Memorial Award and the John W Campbell Award.

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The Zone

Even with these three stories, Chiang's versatility in short story form is apparent: straightforward third-past in Babylon, first-present in Understand and multi-viewpoint third-past in Division.

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Chiang's (The Lifecycle of Software Objects) 2002 collection of stories mixes vivid characters, real science, and believable settings with wild speculation, to great effect. Each story takes a conceit from social or natural science, or even theology, and follows it to its logical effects on human...

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