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Previously published as Stories of Your Life and Others. 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.

"A swell movie adaptation always sends me to the source material, so Arrival had me pick up Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others : lean, relentless, and incandescent." --Colson Whitehead, GQ

Ted Chiang has long been known as one of the most powerful science fiction writers working today. Offering readers the dual delights of the very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, Arrival presents characters who must confront sudden change. In "Story of Your Life," which provides the basis for the film Arrival, alien lifeforms suddenly appear on Earth. When a linguist is brought in to help communicate with them and discern their intentions, her new knowledge of their language and its nonlinear structure allows her to see future events and all the joy and pain they may bring. In each story of this incredible collection, with sharp intelligence and humor, Ted Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by wonder.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016.
Edition: First Vintage Books movie tie-in edition.
Copyright Date: ┬ę2002
ISBN: 9780525433675
Branch Call Number: FIC Chian
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 21 cm


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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 »

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JCLAnneG Jan 12, 2021

These stories are thought-provoking and unconventional. I loved the Tower of Babylon, and the idea that an entire life could be spent in the clouds without touching the ground. These are short stories and the style is very spare, without a lot of the grounding details that I would normally wish for. I would say these are slightly easier to read than other science fiction anthologies. I would say if a young adult reader was wanting to dip their toes into the world of hard science fiction, these stories would be a good place to start.

Nov 17, 2020

These stories are speculative fiction, not science fiction. Ted Chiang is a graduate of Clarion. He writes for a post modernist audience. His writing is masterful in technique but devoid of passion for right and wrong. "Tower of Babylon" is "Jack and the Beanstalk" without coming home with the wonderful treasure, just falling down to where you started though somewhat worse for the wear. In "The Story of Your Life" the narrator comes to understand that life is meaningless.

Aug 17, 2020

This collection of short stories was really fascinating and thought-provoking! I especially enjoyed the last one: "Liking What You See". And Jacob and I watched Arrival after we both read "Story of Your Life". The movie is quite different from the short story, but I enjoy both equally!

Jul 10, 2020

2002 - 4.26

Dec 18, 2019

A mathematical proof and a precarious marriage. A daunting tower and its dedicated town. An encompassing language and an excruciating loss.

Great philosophical pondering lies in the details, the nuanced, the personal.

Oct 24, 2019

I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. Deep, thoughtful, even philosophical in the questions each story contains. It certainly isn't for everyone, but there's a reason why the author has won so many awards for his writings, including several of these stories.

I think those who enjoy Ursula Le Guin's style of science fiction writing will likely also enjoy Mr Chiang's work.

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.

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, ├╝bermenschen, 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.

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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