Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story, a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection. A clever pastiche of news reports and interviews chronicles a college’s initiative to “turn off” the human ability to recognize beauty in “Liking What You See: A Documentary.” With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.
The collection received the Locus Award and the stories have received the Hugo, Seiun, Nebula, and Sturgeon Awards.
About Ted ChiangSee more books from this Author
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.| Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
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".Apr 24 2004 | Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
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...| Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
The story is told in bite-size scenes and therefore is made up of a few smaller story lines.Dec 28 2004 | Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
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."Feb 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
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.| Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
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.| Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
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...Sep 01 2014 | Read Full Review of Stories of Your Life and Others
An aggregated and normalized score based on 138 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes