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    download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Â Ted Chiang E–pub/E–book Stories of Your Life and Others author Ted Chiang Update Saturday the 12th November 2016I just watched the movie The Arrival and OMG it was amazing I cried Like a lot I had chills and sat on the edge of my seat and I was totally engaged What's worse? The personal aspects of the movie just blew me away And even worse? The mental ones were profound and beautiful and amazing I AM SUEEEINGNow here's the big uestion Am I a fanboy because the movie only improved my appreciation of t

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    summary Stories of Your Life and Others E–pub/E–book Stories of Your Life and Others author Ted Chiang Posted at HeradasTed Chiang’s name continually comes up in lists of great short stories He’s never written a novel but his short f

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    summary Stories of Your Life and Others Ted Chiang  3 summary download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB  Ted Chiang I don't read very many short stories collection but after this one I feel like I now need toThis one contains the most mind bending and original sci fi stories I've read in a whileMy favorite what the last one

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    E–pub/E–book Stories of Your Life and Others author Ted Chiang Interfering Gremlin of GR AlertThis review was originally of the anthology Stories of Your Life and Others then recently I wrote a separate review for the individual story Story of Your Life Today I woke up to find GR have merged the two reviews WTF? Now it looks super long winded OK I'd better reorganize this review a bitReview of the novella Story of Your Life Story of Your Life is one of Ted Chiang’s bes

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    E–pub/E–book Stories of Your Life and Others author Ted Chiang Loving ImperfectionsIf arithmetic were consistent love could not exist That is to say if arithmetic were undeniably logical in its foundations logic would rule the worild and love would be eliminated as the irrational thing it is This is how I read the moral of Chiang‘s marvellous storyMathematicians tend to vi

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    E–pub/E–book Stories of Your Life and Others author Ted Chiang Ted Chiang  3 summary summary Stories of Your Life and Others What's there to say about Chiang that all the others don't say? He is the closest thing to a modern Jorge Luis Borges in melding high concepts with literature to create something better than either; in some respects I'd rank his best short stories as better than Gene Wolfe's too often tedious unsolved puzzleboxes His wr

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    E–pub/E–book Stories of Your Life and Others author Ted Chiang download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB  Ted Chiang Ted Chiang  3 summary 35 starsI don’t often read science fiction and when I do those I’ve chosen in the past are appropriately labeled as speculative fiction Stories that take place right here on our planet sans aliens Or if they do happen to occur in other w

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Stories of Your Life and Others review ´ 3 Nt sudden change the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens with some sense of normalcy With sharp intelligence and humor Chiang examines. Interfering Gremlin of GR AlertThis review was originally of the anthology Stories of Your Life and Others then recently I wrote a separate review for the individual story Story of Your Life Today I woke up to find GR have merged the two reviews WTF Now it looks super long winded OK I d better reorganize this review a bitReview of the novella Story of Your Life Story of Your Life is one of Ted Chiang s best stories Ted Chiang is one of the greatest sci fi short stories writers ever in many SF readers estimation he has won numerous Hugo and Nebula awards This shortish story novella has been adapted into a into a film called Arrival It is part of Chiang s legendary anthology Stories of Your Life and Others Story of Your Life has a twin narrative timelines or plot strands Here is an example from each timeline There s no easy way for us to write our own sentences in their language We can t simply cut their sentences into individual words and recombine them we ll have to learn the rules of their script before we can write anything legible It s the same continuity problem we d have had splicing together speech fragments except applied to writing It ll be when you first learn to walk that I get daily demonstrations of the asymmetry in our relationship You ll be incessantly running off somewhere and each time you walk into a door frame or scrape your knee the pain feels like it s my own The writing of the two timelines not only seems to be from different books but also by different authors One of the timelines deals with the main story arc Aliens are orbiting Earth in their craft for unknown purposes certainly not to invade they initiate communication with humans through mysterious looking glasses devices Neither humans or aliens have any understanding of each other s language so the military enlists ace linguist Dr Louise Banks to study and somehow learn their languageIt turns out that the radially symmetrical aliens nicknamed heptapods by the humans have separate spoken and written languages called by Louise Heptapod A and Heptapod B respectively The Heptapod B language is based on the aliens perception of time as simultaneous not seuential like how humans perceive it In learning Heptapod B Louise also learns to perceive time as they do The other timeline is a intimate story of Louise s life with her daughter curiously written in second person future tenseThe narrative switches back and forth between the two timelines Diehard sci fi fans are likely to find the business with the aliens interesting than the story of Louise s daughter s life Personally I find both timelines interesting with very different appeals Fans of China Mi ville s excellent Embassytown will find the linguistic and philosophical explorations of this story uite fascinating On the philosophical side the story explores the idea of predestination free will and how these things can affect the key decisions we make in life Story of Your Life was previously legitimately available free to read online or download but I suspect the movie studio has put a stop to that It is a well deserved Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner Ted Chiang is a wonderfully versatile writer he can be erudite technical philosophical or lyrical as the story reuires I also highly recommend that you buy his amazing anthology Stories of Your Life and Others see review further down this page There are mind boggling wonders to be found thereNotesSimilar to how Kurt Vonnegut s Tralfamadorians aliens perceive time in Slaughterhouse Five There are still some great Ted Chiang stories that you can read online or download One is The Lifecycle of Software Objects is a brilliant story that you should not miss Try Googling for others Among other things this story is also a nice tribute to Jorge Luis Borges who is one of Chiang s influences Ted Chiang reveals how Arrival went from page to screen Update Jan 22 2017 The movie Arrival is not too shabby of a Departure than Arrival but the changes are tolerable The military crisis they added on seems superfluous to me but the general filmgoers may need that kind of tension I don t know I certainly think you would appreciate the movie better after reading Story of Your Life firstuotes I remember once when we ll be driving to the mall to buy some new clothes for you You ll be thirteen It was strange trying to learn a language that had no spoken form Instead of practicing my pronunciation I had taken to sueezing my eyes shut and trying to paint semagrams on the insides of my eyelids The semagrams seemed to be something than language they were almost like mandalas I found myself in a meditative state contemplating the way in which premises and conclusions were interchangeable There was no direction inherent in the way propositions were connected no train of thought moving along a particular route all the components in an act of reasoning were eually powerful all having identical precedence If you want to keep up with the Joneses in the sci fi reading community you will have to read this short story collection Considering he has published less than 50 stories and not a single novel Ted Chiang is one of today s best known sf authors among sf readers this does not make him a household name but he is a force to be reckoned with It is also remarkable how many major sf awards he has won given the relatively small number of stories he has published In other words he is terrific without being prolific Stories of Your Life and Others is the only collection Mr Chiang has published at the time of writing he also has a few other stories published which are not included in this volume Having read this collection it is easy to see why he is so revered among the sf readership All these stories are based on ideas which range from damn clever to ingenious they are all beautifully written and most of them feature well developed characters I will just briefly comment on each oneTower of Babylon Nebula Award winnerThe collection starts with a wonderful fantasy story that reads like sci fi thanks to the logic employed Imagine climbing the Biblical Tower of Babel to the very zenith way above the clouds all the way to where you would imagine heaven to be Well you don t have to imagine it Mr Chiang has done it for you with some amazingly visual description and immersive storytellingUnderstandA sort of Flowers for Algernon crossed with the Cronenberg movie Scanners with a literally mind blowing climax It is very intelligently written and fast paced I do wonder if Ted Chiang himself is a recipient of Hormone K therapy his intellect does seem to be superhuman A riveting novella length taleDivision by ZeroObsession with maths can drive you mad Not really my favorite story here but like all the others it is clever and well written short tooStory of Your Life This is my original mini review for this story I m keeping it One thing I hate about aliens on sci fi TV is how goofy and anthropomorphic they tend to be If they didn t have green skin or furry faces you would not know they are aliens They are often just money grubbing lusty greedy noble heroic or vain as the human characters and their language tends to be just as translatable into English as Chinese or Italian The aliens in this story are very alien they are beyond comprehension and if you want to speak their language you have to alter your entire way of looking at the world This story is about than just first contact however it is also about the perception of time fate and predestination Seventy Two Letters Sidewise Award winnerAnother weird story set in a world where golems can be animated when embedded with names This story is about ideas than plot and moves at a stately pace Again not a personal favorite but it is still interesting and not very longThe Evolution of Human ScienceMore like an essay or journal article written in a fictional world than a very short story It is basically about posthumanism and well worth reading and pondering afterwardHell Is the Absence of GodAnother gobsmacking story the fourth one in this short volume A mind blowing fantasy set in a world where angel visitations and miracles are well known and documented facts Religion faith good and evil are portrayed here in an intelligent compassionate and logical manner The most emotionally charged story in this collection This one will stay with you for the rest of your daysLiking What You See A DocumentaryNot really a documentary but a story about how different our perception may be if we can filter out facial beauty and how lookism is ingrained in our lives Written from multiple viewpoints and partly in journal style for that macro effect Another excellent thought experiment This collection of stories is generally very readable erudite fascinating and memorable A book like this is the reason most of us read sff books What we have here is a real sensawunda merchant one of the all time greatsAfter finishing this collection I immediately downloaded and read Chiang s The Lifecycle of Software Objects which the author and publisher have kindly made available to be read online It is also amazing and a must read

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Stories of Your Life and Others review ´ 3 Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar often presenting characters who must confro. Posted at HeradasTed Chiang s name continually comes up in lists of great short stories He s never written a novel but his short fiction has won nearly every SF award that exists 4 Nebulas 4 Hugos John W Campbell Locus and on and on He s greatly admired among authors and almost entirely unknown by most readers I ve heard him referenced as an inspiration by several authors that I enjoy reading Specifically Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham who collectively write the Expanse series under the pseudonym James S A Corey cite him as the best SF writer I figured I should probably do myself a service and check this collection out After reading it I have to agree that his writing is mind blowing High concept science fiction that is grounded heavily in the real world A writer of ideas Every single story is incredibly uniue tonally diverse and powerful in different ways If the uality among these 8 stories wasn t at such a consistently high level I d say that Chiang was merely a ghostwriting team comprised of 8 different authors all exceptionally talented each with different interests politics and prose styles Every story genuinely feels like it could be penned by a different author I ve never come across a creative powerhouse like this guy He impressed the hell out of me with every sentenceTower of Babylon 55Killer story The Old Testament cosmology was especially fun to hear described passing beyond the moon sun and stars etc A telling of the construction and journey up the tower of Babylon and what lies beyond the vault of heaven Blew my mind right open Seriously creative I get why it won all kinds of awardsUnderstand 55Again with the uniue approach to storytelling While reading this one I started realizing how some of these concepts have clearly influenced other stories Most obviously the movie Limitless and the Max Barry novel Lexicon I particularly liked how the language and vocabulary of the story evolves as the protagonist s intelligence and recall increasesDivision By Zero 45An examination of loss of belief mental illness suicide and math What happens when everything you ve worked for in your life every kind of order that you ve relied on is suddenly incorrect Story of Your Life 65Stop what you re doing now and read this This is the absolute best short story I have ever read Chiang s grasp on the English language is deeply integrated into the story itself causality and omniscience It s insanely good This was the basis for the Denis Villeneuve film Arrival Seventy Two Letters 35Interesting concepts but storywise it was a little boring The power of language to shape action and perception Reminded me a lot of early 50s Asimov All conceptual not much character developmentThe Evolution of Human Science 35Interesting and extremely short little tale about a scientific understanding breaking down between regular humans and meta humans Conceptually cool but too short to really be that interesting Hell is the Absence of God 55The moral of the story God is a maniacal motherfucker who doesn t give a shit about humans and you should love him unconditionally This one was a real brain twister I loved itLiking What You See A Documentary 55Advertisers elective localized brain damage culture jamming politics coming of age concepts of beauty love relationships This was terrific and heavily subversive Luther readers I ve heard him Im Augenblick des Todes Severin Boesherz #2 referenced as an inspiration by several authors that I enjoy Halbe Miete reading Specifically Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham who collectively write the Expanse series under the pseudonym James S A Corey cite him as the best SF writer I figured I should probably do myself a service and check this collection out After Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters reading it I have to agree that his writing is mind blowing High concept science fiction that is grounded heavily in the Gospođa real world A writer of ideas Every single story is incredibly uniue tonally diverse and powerful in different ways If the uality among these 8 stories wasn t at such a consistently high level I d say that Chiang was merely a ghostwriting team comprised of 8 different authors all exceptionally talented each with different interests politics and prose styles Every story genuinely feels like it could be penned by a different author I ve never come across a creative powerhouse like this guy He impressed the hell out of me with every sentenceTower of Babylon 55Killer story The Old Testament cosmology was especially fun to hear described passing beyond the moon sun and stars etc A telling of the construction and journey up the tower of Babylon and what lies beyond the vault of heaven Blew my mind Napoleon The End of Glory right open Seriously creative I get why it won all kinds of awardsUnderstand 55Again with the uniue approach to storytelling While Lets Bake reading this one I started Holly Wenn die Mode fremdgeht Holly #4 realizing how some of these concepts have clearly influenced other stories Most obviously the movie Limitless and the Max Barry novel Lexicon I particularly liked how the language and vocabulary of the story evolves as the protagonist s intelligence and ZOOM The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future recall increasesDivision By Zero 45An examination of loss of belief mental illness suicide and math What happens when everything you ve worked for in your life every kind of order that you ve Heiligenschein relied on is suddenly incorrect Story of Your Life 65Stop what you Flunkern wie gedruckt Juni und ich #1 re doing now and Heavy Number read this This is the absolute best short story I have ever Bußpredigt read Chiang s grasp on the English language is deeply integrated into the story itself causality and omniscience It s insanely good This was the basis for the Denis Villeneuve film Arrival Seventy Two Letters 35Interesting concepts but storywise it was a little boring The power of language to shape action and perception Reminded me a lot of early 50s Asimov All conceptual not much character developmentThe Evolution of Human Science 35Interesting and extremely short little tale about a scientific understanding breaking down between The Great Wave regular humans and meta humans Conceptually cool but too short to Sindhi really be that interesting Hell is the Absence of God 55The moral of the story God is a maniacal motherfucker who doesn t give a shit about humans and you should love him unconditionally This one was a The Wit Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister real brain twister I loved itLiking What You See A Documentary 55Advertisers elective localized brain damage culture jamming politics coming of age concepts of beauty love Kluge Pflanzen relationships This was terrific and heavily subversive

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Stories of Your Life and Others review ´ 3 What it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty but also by beauty and wonder An award winning collection from one of today's most lauded writer. What s there to say about Chiang that all the others don t say He is the closest thing to a modern Jorge Luis Borges in melding high concepts with literature to create something better than either in some respects I d rank his best short stories as better than Gene Wolfe s too often tedious unsolved puzzleboxes His writing is deceptively excellent I would call him a writer s writer because the flat evenness of his prose may strike a reader as boring unless they have tried to write as clearly themselves and failed abysmally at which point they begin to appreciate Chiang s infallible choice of words and lucid prose which sinks into the mind without friction Stories of Your Life and Others is much superior to his novella Life Cycle of Software Objects and contains pretty much all of his greatest short stories which I have read except for his excellent Exhalation I read most of them online so when I had the chance to read a hardcopy of the full collection I seized it1 The Tower of Babylon amusing and in describing the lives of the people living on the tower moving in some respects The final ending feels like an appropriate conclusion If one had to criticize it it would be that the Tower itself is completely unrealistic even in the Biblical cosmology of the story as I said the best Chiang stories unite literature and good ideas I would rank this 5 of the 8 stories2 Division by Zero not terribly impressive over wrought and I feel I have read this story before and better 73 Understand a classic in the niche genre of superintelligence and IMO better than Vinge s Bookworm Run and at least as good as Flowers for Algernon Chiang like every other author confronts the limits of his writing ability in trying to write convincingly of a superintelligence who is by definition vastly smarter than he is the same challenge laid down by Campbell to Vinge you can t write this story and neither can anyone else and so the start of the story is much stronger than the later passages But the whole is still memorable 4 Probably an even better read for those who haven t read about themes of superintelligence before4 Story of Your Life I had actually read this one before and dismissed it as sentimental tripe with some weak physics or linguistic layering that I didn t really understand In this respect like many of the other reviewers on this page who pan it as dumb seeing the future tropes the fault was mine Story of Your Life is much better than the critics give it credit for being simply because they entirely failed to understand the concept despite uite a lot of explanation from Chiang Fortunately just a few weeks ago I happened to read some material on the Lagrangian interpretations of physics and combined with knowing in advance the ending I was able to appreciate the story much better this time Thinking about it I realized it does something unusual in providing another angle a psychological angle to timeless interpretations of physics and block universes and backpropagation in neural networks and I even connected it to Zen which makes them all a little easier to understand for me I didn t get it the first time but I m glad I eventually reread it and got it I would rank this 3 of the 8 stories 3 This story is what I believe was the first adaptation of any of Chiang s stories despite being overrated like Life Cycle of Software Objects getting a movie in 2016 Since there seems to be some confusion over what exactly Chiang is trying to say with this one I ve expanded out my thoughts on what is actually going on in an essay movie however avoids this almost entirely When I heard there was going to be a movie I said to myself I bet it ll miss the entire point and make it about time travel or something It does Avoiding the physics entirely the screenwriter takes the offhand mention of Sapir Whorf and interprets the protagonist as getting actual time travel powers based on his interview making no mention of why when he decided to drastically simplify I suspect he doesn t even realize how badly he failed to understand it The scriptwriter apparently took the only bits he understood a mention of the Sapir Whorf hypothesis which is mostly a hypothesis as decades of searching have turned up less than impressive empirical results like slightly easier perception of named colors and better geographic location knowledge when grammar encodes direction certainly nothing like the grand expectations in the 1960s that led to such linguistic neologistic monstrosities as herstory or womyn With the meaning of the story excised he has to come up with a regular plot and does this by giving the aliens a dare I say human motivation in trying to somehow save themselves by uplifting humans This is itself a betrayal of part of Chiang s ethos in many of his stories Chiang is depicting the unknown and the unknowable and human confrontation with it The heat death of the universe in Exhalation post human intelligence in Understand post human knowledge science in The Evolution of Human Science the nature of God and morality and the implications of divine command theory in Hell is the Absence of God what lies beyond the sky or the circular universe in The Tower of Babylon and alien cognition and ways of viewing the universe in Story of Your Life What s left is mostly a glossy action movie heavy on military hardware presumably this is one of those Hollywood productions where the US military provides lots of euipment personnel in exchange for a positive depiction as honest competent not trigger happy about the need for a world government with the physics theme turned into just a Sapir Whorf superpower though this makes no sense in universe if the protagonist can create stable time loops and steal information from the future why doesn t she steal a cure Or why not see an alternate future where her child doesn t get sick or an entirely different husband and healthy child she could also love Or how is Heptapodese not supposed to lead to incredible chaos as people learn it and start monkeying with the future Why do the aliens need any assistance from the humans in the first place whether to learn their language or to save themselves The special effects depiction of Heptapod is some nifty cloud effects but the heptapods themselves are not terribly compelling aliens As a rendering of Chiang s vision I would have to give it an F because it is frustratingly almost the opposite of what he meant and as a generic Hollywood SF movie I would give it a B I would doubtless have enjoyed it if I had never read the story5 The Evolution of Human Science short dubious Not Chiang s best work on either dimension 86 Seventy Two Letters simply fantastic The setting is wonderful the problem great the ideas even better and the solution meaning better still I can t say it s incredibly deep but it s a look at a road not taken and a reminder of how confusing genetics was and how many strange ideas were proposed before we reached anything like the current Mendel Fisher particulate inheritance paradigm 27 Hell Is the Absence of God as an atheist who keeps coming back to the Wisdom Books the Book of Job particularly KJV translation of course this story came as a gut punch The writing is Chiang at his most Chiang y the world interesting and provocative Chiang takes the Bible literally but not seriously one might say and the ending simply unspeakable But don t take my word for it decide for yourself as the fallen angels say This story enriches reading the Book of Job for me and I think ultimately hammers in for me the unacceptability of divine command ethics and makes me atheistic 1 Pairs well with Scott Alexander s freewheeling Unsong8 Liking What You See A Documentary interesting ideas but something about the dialogues and characters seem off It just jars me I think somewhere Chiang also notes his dissatisfaction with the writing of this one 6