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Stories of Your Life and Others (original 2002; udgave 2018)

af Ted Chiang (Forfatter)

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Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award for 1990. Now, collected for the first time, are all seven of this extraordinary writer's extraordinary stories--plus a new story written especially for this volume.
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Titel:Stories of Your Life and Others
Forfattere:Ted Chiang (Forfatter)
Info:Subterranean Press (2018)
Samlinger:Speculative Fiction, Collectables, Dit bibliotek
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Stories of Your Life and Others af Ted Chiang (2002)

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Parts with the aliens: six stars. Parts with the boring parenting narrative: zero stars. ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
What a brilliant book of short stories. Loved every single one, and thought about them for quite a while afterwards. [b:Exhalation: Stories|41160292|Exhalation Stories|Ted Chiang|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1534388394l/41160292._SX50_.jpg|64336454] is also fan-goddamn-tastic. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
My rating would be 5 stars if all of the stories in this collection were as amazing as "Tower of Babylon" and "Story of Your Life" (the story the film "Arrival" is adapted from, which I haven't seen). But there are a couple clunkers and a few other good though not great stories. All of the stories, however, reveal an author who is incredibly smart and thoughtful. I think the stories I didn't like as much were a little slow for my taste, a bit of a slog. But almost all of the stories give you something interesting to think about after you've read them, which ain't nothin'. ( )
1 stem alexlubertozzi | May 24, 2021 |
The collection was a delight overall, full of thought experiments and clever riffs on the ever-changing (and always constant) human condition. Some of the quirkiest were riffs on alternate belief systems and cosmologies, "Tower of Babylon," "Seventy-Two Letters," and "Hell is the Absence of God" all take as their baseline a world that is quite different from our own and spin out a work of science fiction from those new assumptions, of these the Borgesian "Tower of Babylon" was a real delight, beautifully written. Two of my favorites from this collection, "Understand" and "Liking What You See: A Documentary" take a different tack, projecting neuroscience just a few years into the future and then laying out the unintended consequences of new technologies to both amusing and terrifying effect. "Liking What You See," which riffs on a near-future debate on "lookism" and a way we might combat it, seems destined to become a classic for college classrooms everywhere, I know that I would certainly assign it.

Like many, I came by this collection by way of the film Arrival (2016), adapted from the book's (semi?) eponymous tale "Story of Your Life." That story, quite cerebral and focused on the fairly un-Hollywood subject of linguistics, must have been a tremendous challenge to adapt, but overall I felt that director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer did a pretty exemplary job... Short stories seem like a great source material for a film, a great big "high concept" to hang the plot on but lacking the multitude of little details that make novels so immersive and which inevitably get left on the cutting room floor when the book makes its transition to the screen. A few of the other stories here seem ripe for adaptation, though all would present major challenges... Chiang is using his medium of the written word very cleverly and very carefully throughout this book. I'm looking forward to reading more by him. ( )
1 stem francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
A fantastic mix of science fiction short stories that don't skimp on the science or the fiction. While many individual aspects of the stories reminded me of more famous works, that should only be a credit to Chiang, as he never simply repeats any of his predecessors and always provides a new and interesting angle on the general ideas. One of the hardest things to do in fiction is to establish a unique voice, and while I would never call his prose style particularly distinctive, he's able to get his concepts talking for him in a way that few authors manage.

This is a collection of Chiang's first eight published short stories, with some story notes in an epilogue where explains their origin and meaning to him.

- "Tower of Babylon". A retelling of the Biblical attempt to build a tower unto heaven, except that the main character, a Babylonian miner, discovers that the firmament of heaven is much stranger than known. In its conceit of a universe with perilous geography, it reminds me of Christopher Priest's The Inverted World.
- "Understand". A man with accident-induced brain damage is given an experimental intelligence-enhacing drug à la Daniel Keyes' Flowers For Algernon, except that instead of regressing back to his previous state he becomes smarter and smarter, until he realizes that there is another enhanced superman in the world, and that there can be only one.
- "Division By Zero". A mathematician discovers a disproof of mathematics (sadly unspecified) which leaves her suicidal and disconnected from her partner. Something about the connection between science and relationships reminded me of Richard Powers' The Goldberg Variations, but here Chiang presents the revelation of this earth-shattering discovery as a negative thing, like the inverse of figuring out a satisfying solution to a troubling problem.
- "Story of Your Life". Aliens come to Earth and a linguist has to decipher their language to enable communication, only to discover that learning their script gives here a Sapir-Whorf-esque ability to perceive time non-linearly, which complicates not only her romance with a fellow scientist but her relationship to the child that they eventually will have together. This was made into the (excellent) movie Arrival, and has strong overtones of Stanislaw Lem's His Master's Voice and Carl Sagan's Contact.
- "Seventy-Two Letters". In a Victorian-ish society where new life is created via spontaneous generation, a creator of golems believes he has stumbled on the way to allow these golems to reproduce through the cabbalistic manipulations of letters, which will allow humanity to escape an impending fertility trap. There's all kinds of echoes of Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age, William Gibson's The Difference Engine, or Susannah Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, but the fascinating blend of Aristotelian/Lamarckian spontaneous generation with Kabbala (with letters as DNA) is new to me.
- "The Evolution of Human Science". Once cognitive enhancement technology really takes off, communicating with metahumans becomes nearly impossible, particularly since their scientific advancements are impossible to understand. This story is almost too brief to comment on, and though its premise is like a miniature Stanislaw Lem work, it's by far the weakest story here.
- "Hell Is the Absence of God". In a world where God is not only real but has angels make regular appearances rapture people off to heaven, an irreligious man who's lost his wife to an act of God has to decide how he should approach his goal of reuniting with her in heaven. This story was very sad, and its quiet idea that maybe there is no great way to deal with death and loss is only underlined by the ending.
- "Liking What You See: A Documentary". A technique to induce the inability to recognize beauty (titled "calliagnosia", a more specific version of "prosopagnosia", the inability to recognize faces) is experimented with by several college students, who present their varying reactions to what is either a more egalitarian method of seeing the world or the loss of something very important.

"Story of Your Life" had the best narrative, "Seventy-Two Letters" had the best world-building, while "Liking What You See" might be the most fun to debate. Either way, this is one of the strongest short story collections I've read in a while. ( )
1 stem aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
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