I'm not a regular listener to the Ezra Klein Show, but I tune in for the occasional interesting guest — so I assumed that the Ted Chiang episode was not one to miss, and I was right.
Chiang is the author of the speculative short fiction like the collection Stories of Your Life and Others, and is critically acclaimed by writers and reviewers alike for the way he combines hard sci-fi and heartfelt explorations of humans living in society. — Read the rest
Years ago, Cory Doctorow gave me a copy of Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others for my birthday and I'll be forever grateful. If you haven't read Chiang's philosophically focused science fiction before, you're in for a treat. Amazon has the Kindle edition on sale at a can't-pass-it-up price.
The New York Times has inaugurated its "Op-Eds From the Future" ("science fiction authors, futurists, philosophers and scientists write op-eds that they imagine we might read 10, 20 or even 100 years in the future") with a piece from Ted Chiang (previously) that imagines a future in which genetic engineering of human embryos is commonplace, leading to a well-intentioned attempt at preventing literal speciation into the haves and have-nots by subsidizing "intelligence boosting" genetic manipulation for lower-income families.
Avi Solomon writes, "Author Ted Chiang (previously) discusses the making of The Great Silence as well as other works addressing interspecies communication, including 'Story of Your Life,' the novella which was adapted into the 2016 feature film, Arrival." — Read the rest
Here's some spectacular news: Ted Chiang's incredible science fiction story "Story of Your Life" (which won the Nebula and Sturgeon, and was reprinted in his fantastic collection Stories of Your Life and Others) is being adapted for a feature film by director Nic Mathieu and producer Shawn Levy. — Read the rest
People consult their lifelogs for a variety of reasons—everything from reliving favorite moments to tracking down the cause of allergic reactions—but only intermittently; no one wants to spend all their time formulating queries and sifting through the results.
Subterranean Press has Ted Chiang's latest novella, "The Lifecycle of Software Objects," a sweet, sad story about virtual pets and the lives they lead online. Ted Chiang is one of the greatest writers working in science fiction today, we're lucky to have him. — Read the rest
John sez, "Ted Chiang's short story "Exhalation" –which is currently a finalist for the Hugo Award and the British Science Fiction Association Award–is now available to read online in a variety of formats, via our Downloads page. Originally appearing in Jonathan Strahan's Eclipse Two, 'Exhalation' is an evocative story of an all-metal world, its argon-breathing inhabitants, and a scientist who performs the ultimate self-examination. — Read the rest
Avi sez, "StarShipSofa has made a podcast of Ted Chiang's amazing new story: 'Exhalation'. This is as good as it gets for quality SF." Ohmanohmanohman! New Ted Chiang fiction. We're all in for a treat.
I'm a devoted listener of StarShipSofa's Aural Delights science fiction podcast. The most recent episode (No. 37) has a short story by Ted Chiang called "What's Expected Of Us," and I think it's comparable to the work of Jorge Luis Borges. — Read the rest
Ted Chiang is a brilliant sf writer who doesn't write nearly enough (OTOH, he keeps beating me out on awards, so maybe that's a good thing). His magnificent story "72 Letters" is available online. LinkDiscuss