Stories of your Life and Others

Stories of your Life and Others

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Stories of your life and others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change -- the inevitable rise of automations or the appearance of aliens -- while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,, 2016.
Edition: First Vintage Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781101972120
1101972122
Branch Call Number: SCF SS CHIA
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Stories of your life.

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The title story, "Story of Your Life", was read for the May 2019 meeting.


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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.

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mikemarotta
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.

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melodia1988
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!

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

2002 - 4.26

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FPL_ChelseaJ
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.

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seanhagey
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.

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Nymeria23
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.

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Starpoem
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, übermenschen, 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.

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arunothia
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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