Is Ted Chiang a writer of Science Fiction, or literary fiction? You be the judge as you work your way through these eight carefully researched and brilliantly executed stories. A first hand telling of the construction of the Tower of Babel; a human guinea pig becomes a paranoid superhuman; linguistics professors work alongside military forces to decode an alien language. Thick with scientific research and overflowing with meditations on the human condition, Chiang's collection is an impressive achievement of what short fiction is and what it has the potential to be.
"Soon to be a major motion picture starring Amy Adams. 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 readers 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"--