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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chiang has the gift that lies at the heart of good science fiction: a human story, beautifully told, in which the science is an expression of the deeper issues that the characters must confront. Full of remarkable ideas and unforgettable moments, Stories of Your Life, and Others is highly recommended.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Chiang’s stories are audacious, challenging, and moving. They resemble the work of a less metaphysical Philip K. Dick or a Borges with more characterization and a grasp of cutting-edge science.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Thought-provoking stories…[Chiang] puts the science back in science fiction—brilliantly.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Ted is a national treasure…Each of those stories is a goddamned jewel.”

    Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

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