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Stories of Your Life and Others

By: Ted Chiang
Narrated by: Abby Craden, Todd McLaren
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Publisher's summary

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 (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival), 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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Critic reviews

"Chiang writes seldom, but his almost unfathomably wonderful stories tick away with the precision of a Swiss watch-and explode in your awareness with shocking, devastating force." ( Kirkus, Starred Review)

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Easily the most compelling set of short stories ever
"Containing the inspiration for the movie Arrival, Stories of Your Life and Others is a sublime collection that puts Ted Chiang’s virtuosic implementation of science front and center. More than that, each story is mathematical in its approach and structure, but the content somehow always transcends the human experience to ask profound questions about existence, emotion, and desire. The end result will leave you astounded that one writer could so precisely pinpoint the algorithms of sensation."
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