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Stories of Your Life and Others by [Chiang, Ted]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

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"Essential. You won't know SF if you don't read Ted Chiang."-Greg Bear "Ted Chiang is one of the rare contemporary science-fiction writers who has made his considerable reputation without producing one novel. His stories brim with originality and seduce with their complexity."-Ellen Datlow "One of our very best writers. Prepare: Ted Chiang will astonish you."-James Patrick Kelly

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"Essential. You won't know SF if you don't read Ted Chiang."-Greg Bear
"Ted Chiang is one of the rare contemporary science-fiction writers who has made his considerable reputation without producing one novel. His stories brim with originality and seduce with their complexity."-Ellen Datlow
"One of our very best writers. Prepare: Ted Chiang will astonish you."-James Patrick Kelly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3570 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1101972122
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (26 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKOP0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #689,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like many others (I suspect), I bought this book after watching the excellent film "Arrival", and discovering that it was based on a short story by Ted Chiang in this collection. I'd never heard of him before, so I was coming to him cold (not having any expectations just because the film was so good).

The collection is a mixed bunch, but if one word can sum it all up it is this: original.

This is a mixture of science-fiction, philosophy, fantasy, possibly metaphysics, and probably other things that is not seen often enough. The collection covers xenolinguistics (OK, we knew that, because of Arrival), golems and the kabbala, mathematics, religion. It neatly weaves all these things and more into stories that surprise, and in combinations that you simply wouldn't expect to find. Some stories are stronger than others, but all are worth reading. For example, I loved Tower of Babylon, but found the ending extremely predictable from very early on, which was a little disappointing. Division by Zero appealed to me (as a mathematician by degree).

If you like your science fiction wide ranging and eclectic, then this is the collection for you.
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Eternal thanks for these amazing stories Ted - you have given me the inspiration to stop writing non-fiction and dust my science fiction novel off !!

Like many, I came to you via Arrival - you have a new fan and I will be reading more ... p.s. some of what you describe I actually experience and can induce the same in others. I am sure some of this is not so much fiction as might be thought.
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I also sought out this book after seeing Arrival. The book contains Chiang's eight first published stories that appeared in various publications between 1990 & 2001 (the movie Arrival is based on the 4th, called "Story of Your Life" published in 1998). Each is a standalone story without anything to seemingly connect them, except the engaging way in which they are written and their brilliant exploration of ideas such as intelligence and language. Chiang clearly has a deep interest and understanding of science, but he introduces weighty topics into his stories without it ever feeling clunky or superfluous. If one of his primary aims was to create scenarios and worlds for the reader to inhabit then he has succeeded, I found myself in the main part captivated.

It's not all perfect - of the eight stories two or three are somewhat underwhelming. For this reason I initially intended to give a four star review, but on thinking about how much pleasure I got from the others I felt it merited a full five stars.
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These stories are things of beauty, the style clean, precise and rhythmic. Completely addictive.
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This is a fantastic collection of short stories, some of which are really starting to hit the mark in today's world, similar in vein to Black Mirror. The story Arrival is based on was the reason I purchased this, and it was not a disappointment. Definitely a great read for all f&sf lovers.
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Amazing writing style. Some of the stories are intriguing and all of them beautifully written.
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Bought this to read the story that "The Arrival" is based on and I am very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the whole book.
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This is a great book with brilliant sort stories, very different with well developed characters. Genius!
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