Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang
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Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Amy Adams.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931520720
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ted Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York and holds a degree in computer science from Brown University. In 1989 he attended the Clarion Writers Workshop. His fiction has won three Hugos, four Nebulas, three Locus awards, the John W. Campbell, and Sturgeon awards. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BrandenB More than 1 year ago
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.
DarrenVA More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous 11 months ago
Ted Chiang's ability to weave hard science, philosophy, and social commentary is stunning. He has the ability to deliver mind-blowing ideas couched in page - turner narratives. So, so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both imaginative and thought-provoking. Looking forward to reading more stories.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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MaggieK27 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful collection of absolutely mind-blowing concepts molded into short stories...breathtaking!
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