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Stories of Your Life and Others (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Ted Chiang

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Title:Stories of Your Life and Others
Authors:Ted Chiang
Info:Orb Books (2003), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Short Stories, Read but unowned
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Tags:short stories, sf, sci fi, science fiction, contemporary science fiction, science fiction short stories

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Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (2002)

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Wow. These are neat. Really inventive and thought provoking. Four and a half stars -- the writing has a... a feeling of hard, clinical precision which is absolutely appropriate to the stories told, but my last half star just skittered off its cold surface. Admittedly this effect was probably magnified by the readers, as I enjoyed this as an audio book, but that is my impression nevertheless. I highly recommend this to fantasy/sf readers looking for something original and mentally stimulating! ( )
  meandmybooks | Mar 9, 2017 |
Collection of cerebral short science-fiction stories which inspired the movie 'Arrival'. The common themes are religion and the conceptual breakthrough which opens the mind to higher functioning. ( )
  questbird | Feb 15, 2017 |
A terrific collection of Ted Chiang's early stories, representing a large proportion of his small but perfectly formed output to date. Arguably, the novella is the right size for science fiction stories, and this is exhibit A. These eight long stories are lucid, muscular, and challenging, perfect examples of where science fiction can take you both intellectually and emotionally. Chiang's prose is polished without being showy or cute, the stories are complex with a cast-iron internal logic that rewards attention, and a long, smooth finish. They are the single malts of science fiction in a field awash with cheap lager. ( )
  PeterCrump | Feb 12, 2017 |
Great stuff. Methodical working out of ideas, the way science fiction should but often doesn't ( )
  adzebill | Jan 30, 2017 |
Just amazing. I'm not sure if these are short stories or novellas, but whatever they are, they are wonderful. Chiang is a highly imaginative and learned writer (or so I imagine, since many of his ideas are way over my head). His style is detailed and lucid. Each story pulls the reader along in a calm but inexorable manner. Chiang's work seems to resist genre - falling somewhere between science fiction and magic realism. Sometimes, it has an age-bending, steam-punkish quality. Highly recommended. ( )
  nngrey | Jan 13, 2017 |
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For Brian Chiang and Jenna Felice
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Were the tower to be laid down across the plain of Shinar, it would be two days' journey to walk from one end to the other.
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Collects these stories
"Tower of Babylon"
"Understand"
"Division by Zero"
"Story of Your Life"
"Seventy-Two Letters"
"The Evolution of Human Science"
"Hell Is the Absence of God"
"Liking What You See: A Documentary"
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0765304198, Paperback)

This marvelous collection by one of science fiction's most thoughtful and graceful writers belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in literary science fiction.

Collected here for the first time, Ted Chiang's award-winning stories--recipients of the Nebula, Sturgeon, Campbell, and Asimov awards--offer a feast of science, speculation, humanity, and lyricism. Standouts include "Tower of Babylon," in which a miner ascends the fabled tower in order to break through the vault of heaven; "Division by Zero," a precise and heartbreaking examination of the disintegration of hope and love; and "Story of Your Life," in which a linguist learns an alien language that reshapes her view of the world. Chiang has the gift that lies at the heart of good science fiction: a human story, beautifully told, in which the science is an expression of the deeper issues that the characters must confront. Full of remarkable ideas and unforgettable moments, Stories of Your Life and Others is highly recommended. --Roz Genessee

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:07 -0400)

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Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award for 1990. Now, collected for the first time, are all seven of this extraordinary writer's extraordinary stories--plus a new story written especially for this volume.

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