Stories of Your Life and Others

Category: Book
By (author): Chiang, Ted
Subject:  FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
  FICTION / Science Fiction / General
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Vintage
Published: June 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in x 0.56in
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From The Publisher*Soon to be a major motion picture starring Amy Adams.

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, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.
Review Quote*"Shining, haunting, mind-blowing tales . . . this collection is a pure marvel. 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 Díaz (author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)

"Meticulously pieced together, utterly thought through, Chiang's stories emerge slowly . . . but with the perfection of slow-growing crystal." -Lev Grossman, Best of the Decade: Science Fiction and Fantasy, Techland.com

"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, The Guardian

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

"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

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

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

"Chiang writes seldom, but his almost unfathomably wonderful stories tick away with the precision of a Swiss watch-and explode in your awareness with shocking, devastating force." -Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"The first must-read SF book of the year." -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"He puts the science back in science fiction-brilliantly." -Booklist (Starred Review)
Biographical NoteTed 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.