Stories of Your Life: and Others

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This new edition of Ted Chiang's masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, includes his first eight published stories plus the author's story notes and a cover that the author commissioned himself. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore's cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers readers the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly ...

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Overview

This new edition of Ted Chiang's masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, includes his first eight published stories plus the author's story notes and a cover that the author commissioned himself. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore's cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers readers the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar.

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.

Ted Chiang is one of the most celebrated science fiction authors writing today and is the author of numerous short stories, including most recently "Exhalation," which won the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Locus awards. He lives near Seattle.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Shining, haunting, mind-blowing tales…this collection is a pure marvel. [Ted] Chiang is so exhilarating so original so stylish he just leaves you speechless. I always suggest a person read at least 52 books a year for proper mental functioning but if you only have time for one, be at peace: you found it."—Junot Díaz

"Meticulously pieced together, utterly thought through, Chiang’s stories emerge slowly…but with the perfection of slow-growing crystal."—Lev Grossman

"The first must-read SF book of the year."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Chiang writes seldom, but his almost unfathomably wonderful stories tick away with the precision of a Swiss watch—and explode in your awareness with shocking, devastating force."—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"He puts the science back in science fiction—brilliantly."—Booklist (Starred Review)

"United by a humane intelligence that speaks very directly to the reader, and makes us experience each story with immediacy and Chiang’s calm passion."—China Mieville

"Ted is a national treasure…each of those stories is a goddamned jewel."—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

"Confirms that blending science and fine art at this length can produce touching works, tales as intimate as our own blood cells, with the structural strength of just-discovered industrial alloys."—Seattle Times

"Chiang derides lazy thinking, weasels it out of its hiding place, and leaves it cowering."—Washington Post

"Essential. You won’t know SF if you don’t read Ted Chiang."—Greg Bear

"Science fiction is a genre that often works well off the page. Spaceships and robots are just as thrilling on screen as in books. But Mr Chiang’s approach is irreplaceable. His stories mirror the process of scientific discovery: complex ideas emerge from the measured, methodical accumulation of information until epiphany strikes. . . . The best science fiction inspires awe for the natural properties of the universe; it renders the fundamentals of science poignant and affecting. Mr Chiang's writing manages all of this. He deserves to be more widely read."
The Economist blog

“Throughout all his work, though no more so than in “Story of Your Life,” you can feel his months of removing sentences from his stories. Perhaps that he writes so little does something good for him, or maybe it’s just that he doesn’t write enough.”
—Choire Sicha, The Millions

“Newly reissued by Small Beer Press, the stories range widely in time, subject and style but are united by a patient but ruthless fascination with the limits of knowledge.”
—Ed Park, Los Angeles Times

“Chiang is the real deal. His debut collection, Stories of Your Life and Others is one of the finest collections of short fiction I have read in the last decade. These tales possess the imaginative frisson that is a trademark of the best conceptual fiction, but, also bespeak a confident prose style and a willingness to take chances in tone and narrative structure.”
—Ted Gioia, Conceptual Fiction

Library Journal - BookSmack!
This 2002 collection of short stories created a tidal wave of praise for Chiang, with all the major review organs creaming over it. The stories also snagged a bunch of major prizes, and the collection itself won a Locus Award. Chiang, however, was displeased with how the book turned out. Small Beer reports that they worked closely with him to produce it as he originally envisioned it. This edition includes the original eight shorts plus the author's notes on each story. Give it a shot. — "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 2/3/11
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931520720
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 203,707
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Ted Chiang: Ted Chiang lives near Seattle, Washington.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Wonderful

    Heres a set of stories that explore concepts as far apart as the end of mathamatics to angelic visitation. Each story is a real page turner and Chiang comes up with deep implications of the ideas he presents. SF fans used to talk about stories that illicit that 'sense of wonder'. If you like that sort of science fiction, you'll wonder why you didn't pick up this anthology sooner.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Simply amazing.

    Mr Chiang writes with such clarity of thought and depth of imagination, it's often difficult to pull oneself away. Each story is told in a unique style, and none fits a specific genre. I loved them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Great anthology of Twilight Zone-ish stories.

    If you like stories with a good twist, and yet in the realm of fantasy/sci fi, this is a great collection. Two standouts are "Understand", and "Hell is the absence of God". As a Christian, I must say the latter story really blew my mind. Some may consider it blasphemous in a fashion, but in some ways it correlates with certain beliefs within Christianity. It will get you thinking one way or the other.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Must read for anyone who loves sci-fi

    After reading Ted Chiang, I will be tracking down all of his other works to read as soon as I can. Chiang not only shares stories of a great variety of topics, but his ability to capture vastly different, often even conflicting, perspectives is amazing. His subjects of interest cover the spectrum of sci-fi, and even venture a bit outside its realm, but do not disappoint at all. I wholly recommend Stories of Your Life and Others to anyone who appreciates captivating tales of humanity, that call attention to important issues, and tell great stories along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great Read

    This was a great read. Definitely worth the money spent. As with all short story collections, some stories were better than others. However, not a single story was awful.

    Good science fiction shorts are particularly difficult to come by as the author has to display a certain amount of knowledge about a subject without getting too heavy on the exposition. Mr. Chiang seems to know how to weave the science into the storytelling quite deftly.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    A wonderful collection of absolutely mind-blowing concepts molde

    A wonderful collection of absolutely mind-blowing concepts molded into short stories...breathtaking!

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