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This stunning collection of stories brings science fiction back to its magazine-published short story roots. With Hugo and Nebula awards under his belt, Chiang manages to put the science back into science fiction while still using ancient, biblical, and familiar themes. Truly a landmark in 21st-century science fiction and short story writing.
Recommended by Patrick R., Powells.com

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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 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, Ted Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.

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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 Diaz

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

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"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

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

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"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

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

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"He puts the science back in science fiction — brilliantly." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Essential. You wont know SF if you don't read Ted Chiang." Greg Bear

Synopsis:

One of the best short story collections of the last ten years, back in print in a new edition.

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, and a Sturgeon award. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

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BritMandelo, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by BritMandelo)
This collection--with stories spanning from 1990 to 2002--was a dense read, but thoroughly enjoyable. Where Chiang's stories work, they work, exercising the mind as thoroughly as the heart. "Stories of Your Life" is a good example of this--moving, intense, and smart. "Division by Zero" made me tear up, and it was about math.

On the other hand, a few of the stories didn't quite work for me, despite the meticulous, slow build-up to a big punch of an ending that makes some of his fiction so brilliant. For example, the endless dialogue describing the scientific theories between characters in "Seventy-Two Letters" taxed my interest in the characters to the point where I no longer cared much about the ending.

It's a delicate balance to maintain between the scientific exposition and the story, but 95% of the time, Chiang does a fine job. This is a totally worthwhile buy; great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781931520720
Author:
Chiang, Ted
Publisher:
Small Beer Press
Subject:
Science Fiction - Short Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in

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Product details 320 pages Small Beer Press - English 9781931520720 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This stunning collection of stories brings science fiction back to its magazine-published short story roots. With Hugo and Nebula awards under his belt, Chiang manages to put the science back into science fiction while still using ancient, biblical, and familiar themes. Truly a landmark in 21st-century science fiction and short story writing.

"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Meticulously pieced together, utterly thought through, Chiang's stories emerge slowly...but with the perfection of slow-growing crystal."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Ted is a national treasure...each of those stories is a goddamned jewel."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Chiang derides lazy thinking, weasels it out of its hiding place, and leaves it cowering."
"Review" by , "He puts the science back in science fiction — brilliantly." (starred review)
"Review" by , "Essential. You wont know SF if you don't read Ted Chiang."
"Synopsis" by , One of the best short story collections of the last ten years, back in print in a new edition.
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