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Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
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Dec 19, 11

it was amazing
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Read from February 26 to December 17, 2011

Story of Your Life

Told from the perspective of a mother remembering her child. Absolutely heartbreaking. And it was only 50 pages.

The mother, a linguist, is recruited by the government to interpret the language of an alien species, and she adopts a new perception of reality.

Easily one of the best short stories ever written.

The Tower of Babylon

A weird and mysterious way to start the short stories collection. Rewriting legend; as always with Chiang, best prefaced with the words: "Imagine if..."


Mind-blowing for its brevity, Ted Chiang's best stories are so compact, less talented authors would be tempted to expanded them into novels.

Understand begins with the harrowing experience of being trapped beneath the ice. A new treatment for brain damage turns into something unexpected.

The story has parallels to the movie Limitless, but with the Hollywood crap replaced by meaningful, philosophical implications.

Division by Zero

This is a beautiful story inside the life of one of the world's foremost mathematicians as she discovers a new theorem...

Hell is the Absence of God

Ah, what if religion were based on scientific evidence, and the apparition of heavenly interference were something consequential... What if angels were a little more...

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Cognitive dissonance abounds.
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Simeon Holy shit, the first two stories are cool. I did not expect that.

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I need to read Chiang. Heard a ton of great stuff.

Stephen What did you think of "hell is the absence of God?" that is one of my all time favorites.

message 4: by Simeon (last edited Dec 19, 2011 10:28AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Simeon I loved it. Ted Chiang is masterful. It was like some kind of thought experiment.

Apatt Sounds fabulous!

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Ivana sounds great

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