Stories of Your Life and Others (Paperback)

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Ted Chiang is not a prolific writer (he has written 15 stories in the last 26 years), but when he does release a new story it is an event.  Reading this, his only collection, it is easy to see why.  These stories are about normal everyday people coming up against giant incomprehensible things. While writing about aliens, a tower built to the heavens, angelic visitations, Chiang still manages to keep the stories focused on the characters, and their very human struggles.  Several of these stories (Tower of Babel, Story of Your Life, and Hell is the Absence of God) have already managed to become some of my all time favorites.

— Wayne


Includes "Story of Your Life" the basis for the major motion picture Arrival

Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change--the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens--with some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder. An award-winning collection from one of today's most lauded writers, Stories of Your Life and Others is a contemporary classic.

About the Author

Ted Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and holds a degree in computer science. In 1989 he attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Workshop. His fiction has won four Hugo, four Nebula, and four Locus awards, and he is the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Stories of Your Life and Others has been translated into ten languages. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781101972120
ISBN-10: 1101972122
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English