Stories of Your Life and Others (Paperback)
This positively timeless re-issue of a collection from 2002 reads as if the stories were just written today. With kudos from Junot Díaz, China Miéville, Cory Doctorow, Karen Joy Fowler and others, you'd be in good company passing along this set to your friends as an introduction to quality modern science fiction.
That the title story is "Soon To Be A Major Picture" is no surprise, as all of the tales are worthy of any kind of adaptation. For once I look forward to see the picture and eagerly await more titles from Mr. Chiang.
I spent a wonderful evening burning through these looks into other worlds, and I wish that I could read them again for the first time. Chiang is able to touch on subjects usually left alone by other writers, all the while giving you realistic characters and fantastic settings that still feel like the regular world.
I cannot recommend this volume any more highly without giving spoilers. You won't be disappointed. -- Mo
Includes Story of Your Life the basis for the major motion picture Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Shining, haunting, mind-blowing tales . . . Ted Chiang is so exhilarating, so original, so stylish he just leaves you speechless. Junot Diaz
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."