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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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Ted Chiang puts the science in science fiction. Most of the stories in the collection are great to read and full of interesting perspectives of the world.

That is one of the keys of science fiction. By adding this one advancement, you can tell a story about humanity. ( )
  dougcornelius | Nov 24, 2014 |
Chiang hasn't written any novels, but each of these short stories is a creative and surprising gem. Terrific emotional depth and some wonderful quirky ideas.
  Clevermonkey | May 29, 2014 |
Contents:
"Tower of Babylon" (originally published in Omni) (Nebula Award winner)
"Division by Zero" (originally published in Full Spectrum 3)
"Understand" (originally published in Asimov's)
"Story of Your Life" (originally published in Starlight 2) (Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner)
"The Evolution of Human Science" (a.k.a. "Catching Crumbs from the Table") (originally published in Nature)
"Seventy-Two Letters" (originally published in Vanishing Acts) (Sidewise Award winner)
"Hell Is the Absence of God" (originally published in Starlight 3) (Hugo Award, Locus Award and Nebula Award winner)
"Liking What You See: A Documentary" ( )
  SChant | May 9, 2014 |
"By this construction Yaweh's work was indicated and Yahweh's work was concealed." -from "Tower of Babylon" the first story in this collection. Perhaps this quote is only affecting in its context within the story, but I found it a striking example of Chiang's excellent prose. It also points to a recurring metaphysical theme in many of his stories. "Tower of Babylon," "Seventy-Two Letters," "Hell is the Absence of God" and "Exhalation" (a phenomenal story, but not in this collection) all deal with intricately constructed alternate worlds with protagonists trying to understand some fundamental part of their world and its creator. I found those worlds interesting, original and exploring them gave me a thrilling sense of discovery. These are my favorite of Chiang's stories, though the sentimentality of "Division by Zero" and especially "Story of Your Life" is also beautiful and touching. Not every story here matches those heights, but I think the best of them is well worth the effort of finding the book, especially for fans of science-fiction. ( )
  thermopyle | Dec 13, 2013 |
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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

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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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