Stories of your Life and Others

Stories of your Life and Others

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a first collection of seven science fiction short stories, and includes an original tale, "Liking What You See: A Documentary" for this anthology.

McMillan Palgrave
Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award in 1990. Subsequent stories have won the Asimov's SF Magazine reader poll, a second Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992. Story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern SF.

Now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer's stories so far-plus an eighth story written especially for this volume.

What if men built a tower from Earth to Heaven-and broke through to Heaven's other side? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there were a science of naming things that calls life into being from inanimate matter? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were literally true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into fiery pits were a routine event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang. Stories of your life . . . and others.


Baker
& Taylor

From the Nebula Award-winning author of "Tower of Babylon" comes a first collection of seven of his remarkable, critically acclaimed short stories, along with an original tale written especially for this anthology. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Tor/A Tom Doherty Associates Book, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765304186
076530418X
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 22 cm

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Nymeria23
Jan 01, 2019

This compilation of short stories were pretty profound.
I walked away feeling like they all revolved around the pursuit of knowledge and the issue of tackling the unknown unknowns of this world, how you can't predict the consequences of your actions, and how people will react differently to new discoveries. Very neat, though sometimes I had a hard time keeping track of the story but oh well.

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Starpoem
Jul 12, 2018

Ted Chiang explores all sorts of interesting hypothetical scenarios through the eight short stories in this book. The imaginative stories, many of which are award-winners, are populated with golems, scientists, squid-like aliens, mathematicians, angels, übermenschen, and homonculi. "Story of Your Life" was the basis for the movie Arrival. "Liking What You See" appeared in a James Tiptree anthology. Themes across the collection include: frustration with religion, perception of reality, navigation of relationships, and investigation of the limits of human ability. This book will give you a lot to think about.

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arunothia
Apr 05, 2018

Woah! I definitely think his stories are way better than the Black Mirror episodes I have watched. Ted Chiang is brilliant in his imagination. He has done a great background research work and narrates each of his Novum with such conviction that you'll get into the world he creates in no time. I recommend it to all lovers of Science Fiction.

VaughanPLGraeme Feb 19, 2018

This was an interesting collection of stories. I had previously read some of Ted Chiang's writing that is available online and really liked some of it (The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate and The Lifecycle of Software Objects in particular) and I loved the movie Arrival, so I was interested to read more of his work.

Pretty much all of the stories in this book are based on interesting concepts. I particularly liked Hell Is the Absence of God. I didn't really care for some of the other stories, but even the ones I didn't particularly like did have some interesting ideas and made me think. Overall, I'd say this collection is worth checking out if you're a science fiction fan.

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ferm_dawg
Jan 25, 2018

I assumed this was a novel to better understand the movie. It is not. It is a book of 5 short stories. I would not recommend. Movie was awesome.

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NancySUDA
Jan 07, 2018

It was truly a mind-blowing experience. It took me a long time to read. I needed time to wrap my head around some ideas. I had to think. My favourite stories were "Understand" and "Hell is the Absence of God."

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Jul 08, 2017

I read about half of Mr. Chiang's stories and found them moderately interesting. I got the book because the film "Arrival" was based on "Story of Your Life" within. I'd rate it 3 to 3.5 stars.

Rarely do I find the underlying book is NOT better than the film, but I thought the film "Arrival" was much more interesting and entertaining. Notable is Mr. Chiang's sense of humor, which doesn't compare with that of the film, and is even slightly annoying in its lameness. The dialog between the story's two principals fell flat, as did the dialog between the story's mother and daughter, where it got super-corny. Story of Your Life was replete with technical linguistics details -- yet the story left me so disinterested in linguistics, I felt no compulsion to do any research. On the other hand the FILM left me so interested in many of the film's aspects, I anxiously awaited the arrival of the book on the HOLD shelf and was totally disappointed. This sort of surprised me since I'm conversational in several languages and very much enjoy learning them. Some of the the other stories were too long boring, or dark for me.

Just my subjective, personal taste, but the film was done so exquisitely, visually, it inspired gorgeous, color, 3D dreams in me, while the Chiang's short story dragged and evoked NO strong images in my mind. And aren't audio narratives and books supposed to excel at working the listener or reader's imagination? Maybe the timeline and 3-dimensional nature of the aliens' languages (and plot) was difficult to convey in print. Some of the Chiang's other stories were decent -- some "married" science (or science fiction) and non-science. But not in the manner other Sci-Fi writers do. As a former SciFi LOVER, I didn't much enjoy Story of Your Life.

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JaneEA
Jun 27, 2017

At last, a book I truly enjoyed and I'm usually not a fan of the short story. I will buy this book that I may spend more time with each story. Thought provoking.

JCLMeganG May 25, 2017

I don't usually enjoy reading short stories, but since I liked the movie "Arrival", I decided I'd read the story on which it was based: "Story of Your Life". I really enjoyed Ted Chiang's writing, so I read the whole book! He is a very conceptual writer, and it was interesting how he explored science concepts in his stories.

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chriscoleman
Apr 26, 2017

The only story I really enjoyed in this set of short stories was "The Story of Your Life". This is the short story the film "Arrival" was taken from. It differs significantly from the film. There is no war. No China involvement. I'm not sure the number of looking glasses (the alien ships) was ever given and it was 12 in the film. The aliens are named Raspberry and Flapper and neither of them die (unlike Abbott and Costello in the film). And the daughter didn't die of cancer; she died in a climbing accident so it's not like she suffered. Chiang is an excellent writer. It's refreshing to read something that isn't filled with adjectives, adverbs, and metaphors. Just good writing with a story.

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