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Stories of Your Life and Others : AKA: Arrival *Now a Major Motion Picture - Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others

AKA: Arrival *Now a Major Motion Picture

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Published: 14th June 2016
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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.

About the Author

Ted Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and currently lives outside Seattle, Washington. In 1990 he won the Nebula Award for his first published story, Tower of Babylon. Following this triumph, his stories have won him numerous other awards, making him one of the most honoured writers in contemporary SF.

A swell movie adaptation always sends me to the source material, soArrivalhad me pick up Ted Chiang'sStories of Your Life and Others lean, relentless, and incandescent. Colson Whitehead, GQ Chiang writes with a gruff and ready heart that brings to mind George Saunders and Steven Millhauser, but he s uncompromisingly cerebral. The New Yorker Blend[s] absorbing storytelling with meditations on the universe, being, time and space. . . . raises questions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human. The New York Times Shines with a brutal, minimalist elegance. Every sentence is the perfect incision in the dissection of the idea at hand. The Guardian 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 Diaz, author ofThe 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 "Ted Chiang is one of the best and smartest writers working today. If you don't know his name, let's fix that. Now." Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves "Ted Chiang astonishes. You must read him." Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble 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)"

ISBN: 9781101972120
ISBN-10: 1101972122
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 14th June 2016
Publisher: Vintage
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.32