This new edition of Ted Chiang's masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, includes his first eight published stories. 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 listeners 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.
"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, Starred Review)
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Amazing collection of short stories
Intriguing concepts, but didn't hold my interest
This is one of the few audiobooks I’ve purchased that I struggled to get through. I’m a sci-fi fan and although many of the author’s concepts were intriguing, I was expecting a little more excitement in the stories. I found it difficult to care about the characters and stay interested with the plots. If you enjoy long lectures on science, mathematics, and theology you’ll probably appreciate this book more than me
Abby and Todd did the best they could with the material they had.
- Fred "Fred"