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Stories of Your Life and OthersReading is nothing comprehension is everything Sarah RichardsI read he itle short story while away at a conference for echnical writers The uote above came from a presentation about ransforming he Government Digital Service but he issues of communication context and audience hat are at he heart of his story are key o echnical writing and had echoes in many of he presentations Perhaps it is no coincidence hat Ted Chiang is also a 50 Ways to Make Google Love Your Website technical writerNote This review is justhe itle story I ve reviewed he others in his collection HERESame Old Same Old NoAliens arrive They are suitably weird looking radially symmetric with seven eyes and seven limbs on a barrel shaped body opped by a puckered orifice but with no face and no front and back They seem keen Trial Run to communicate via devices humans nickname looking glasses The militaryake charge Of course Sweet Danger they do That s what always happens Thenhings escalateBut Heavens on Earth this is different Linguist Dr Louise Banksells in linear fashion how she and colleagues learned الكتابة إنقاذ اللغة من الغرق the alien languages Buthat narrative is interspersed with non chronological episodes from her daughter s lifeThe heptapods spoken and written languages are unrelated o each other and he latter has strange properties Humanity that affect Louise s consciousness specifically her perception ofime and free will This shapes Financial Peace Revisited: New Chapters on Marriage, Singles, Kids and Families theelling and curious grammar of her daughter s story I remember past Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties tense what it ll future be likeo It is a Borgesian paradoxLinguistic Relativity Sapir WhorfThe story is underpinned by he idea hat Me Timothy Cooper the structure of a language can affecthe cognition of hose who use it Linguistic Relativity Heptapod A spoken is relatively straightforward and uninteresting it sounded vaguely like hat of a wet dog shaking El Autoritarismo Y La Improductividad en Hispanoamerica/The Authoritarianism and the Unproductiveness in Latinamerica the water out of its fur But Heptapod B written is very different It is aotally separate language Luciana Aymar, Corazon De Leona (Spanish Edition) the symbols don relate Odpływający Ogród to individual spoken words logographic or objects picture writing andhere is no word order in part because here are no words as such Heptapod B has its own visual syntax semasiographic akin o mathematical euations some sign languages and La pregunta de sus ojos the notation of music or dance It is written in a single smooth sinuous and rippling stylehat reflects he heptapods own physical movements It s also described as an Escheresue lattice and being like psychedelic posters More significantly it is not seuential This seems o reflect he heptapods modes of hought and it certainly comes Looking for Normal to affect Louise s perception ofhe world and Night Film the way sheells Snow Rose the story of her daughter s life China Mieville s sci fi novel Embassytown also features aliens with aotally different sort of language How to Survive a Summer tohose known Promised Land (Spenser, to humans I reviewed it HEREOrwellakes he idea of linguistic relativity o an extreme with Newspeak making A Clarification Of Questions: An Unabridged Translation Of Resaleh Towzih Al-masael thoughtcrime literally impossible See Nineteen Eighty Four reviewed HEREFermat s Principle of Least TimeFermat Sapir Whorf free will and Heptapod B are intricately connected Atimes I wondered if he linguistics and mathsphysics was getting oo esoteric but it didn Long Black Veil t uite jumphe shark and it all wove Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know together brilliantlyThe detail below is for reference and is spoilered because understandinghis is what Delicious! the story is about onhe page hough not on screenview spoilerLight ravels faster in air han water When a ray of light hits water it is refracted aking a longer but faster route But Fermat s Principle of Least Time is a variational principle light always follows an extreme path maximum or minimum It describes light in goal oriented Meditate Your Weight terms ratherhan Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War the familiar causal chronologicalerms It assumes New Developments in Expressive Arts Therapy: The Play of Poiesis the ray of light knows its destinationIt s like a lifeguard who can run fasterhan she can swim she akes a longer route hat has beach and less sea o get o he drowning person uickly Similarly because Heptapod B has no fixed word order no beginning or end he heptapod had o know how he entire sentence would be laid out before it could write Three Upper-Voice Carols (Harp Part): Harp Part the very first stroke This language iseleological one needed knowledge of The Premonition the effects beforehe causes could be initiated The result is simultaneous consciousness where you live in The One Inside the present like a newborn baby and inhe past and future This makes লাইলী ২ ভোতনের প্রতিশোধ the heptapods rather like Vonnegut s Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse Five reviewed HERE living in allime simultaneouslyFor such beings seuential speech is a slow and inefficient mode And if hey already know he future of what hey ll say and hear why speak at all Louise infers hat heptapod language is performative saying something makes it so like You re under arrest or I now pronounce you man and wife But if you know Its A Dog-Eat-Dog World (Mcgrowl the effectshe end you know he future And if you know he future really know it it s fixed so you can have free will The wo are mutually exclusive And yet at Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- And How We Can Save Ourselves the end Louise says view spoiler Fromhe beginning I knew my destination and I chose my route accordingly How could both be Fevered true hide spoiler 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 awardhat 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 The Business of Memory: How to Maximize Your Brain Power and Fast Track Your Career that I enjoy reading Specifically Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham who collectively writehe Expanse series under he pseudonym James S A Corey cite him as he best SF writer I figured I should probably do myself a service and check his collection out After reading it I have o agree The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War that his writing is mind blowing High concept science fictionhat is grounded heavily in Scattered to the Wind the real world A writer of ideas Every single story is incredibly uniueonally diverse and powerful in different ways If Applied Computational Aerodynamics. the uality amonghese 8 stories wasn Spank! t at such a consistently high level I d sayhat Chiang was merely a ghostwriting Forbidden Knowledge, or is It? team comprised of 8 different authors all exceptionallyalented 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 Revenge in Paradise this guy He impressedhe hell out of me with every sentenceTower of Babylon 55Killer story The Old Testament cosmology was especially fun Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist to hear described passing beyondhe moon sun and stars etc A The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis telling ofhe construction and journey up he ower of Babylon and what lies beyond he vault of heaven Blew my mind right open Seriously creative I get why it won all kinds of awardsUnderstand 55Again with he uniue approach o storytelling While reading his one I started realizing how some of hese concepts have clearly influenced other stories Most obviously he movie Limitless and Kingsbane the Max Barry novel Lexicon I particularly liked howhe language and vocabulary of he story evolves as he 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 La manufacture du meurtre that you ve relied on is suddenly incorrect Story of Your Life 65Stop what you re doing now and readhis This is Frugal Innovation: Models, Means, Methods the absolute best short story I have ever read Chiang s grasp onhe English language is deeply integrated into An Environmental History of India the story itself causality and omniscience It s insanely good This washe basis for World Music: Traditions and Transformations the Denis Villeneuve film Arrival Seventy Two Letters 35Interesting concepts but storywise it was a little boring The power of languageo 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 The Klondike Cat tale about a scientific understanding breaking down between regular humans and meta humans Conceptually cool butoo short o really be hat interesting Hell is Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! the Absence of God 55The moral ofhe story God is a maniacal motherfucker who doesn Ballistic t give a shit about humans and you should love him unconditionally This one was a real brainwister 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 Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book terrific and heavily subversive Interfering Gremlin of GR AlertThis review was originally ofhe anthology Stories of Your Life and Others hen recently I wrote a separate review for he individual story Story of Your Life Today I woke up o find GR have merged he wo reviews WTF Now it looks super long winded OK I d better reorganize his review a bitReview of Darwin Becomes Art: Aesthetic Vision in the Wake of Darwin: 1870-1920 the novella Story of Your Life Story of Your Life is one of Ted Chiang s best stories Ted Chiang is one ofhe 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 win narrative imelines or plot strands Here is an example from each imeline There s no easy way for us o write our own sentences in heir language We can simply cut heir to write our own sentences in heir language We can simply cut heir into individual words and recombine hem we ll have o learn he rules of heir script before we can write anything legible It s Fully Involved the same continuity problem we d have had splicingogether speech fragments except applied Incest Erotica Bundle to writing It ll be when you first learno walk The Lumberfox that I get daily demonstrations ofhe asymmetry in our relationship You ll be incessantly running off somewhere and each From One Night to Wife time you walk into a door frame or scrape your kneehe pain feels like it s my own The writing of he wo Contemporary Latin American Literature: Original Selections from the Literary Giants for Intermediate and Advanced Students timelines not only seemso #Be From Different Books But #from different books but by different authors One of he imelines deals with Urania: A Romance the main story arc Aliens are orbiting Earth inheir craft for unknown purposes certainly not Children in the Global Sex Trade to invadehey initiate communication with humans hrough mysterious looking glasses devices Neither humans or aliens have any understanding of each other s language so he military enlists ace linguist Dr Louise Banks Wild Mustang to study and somehow learnheir languageIt urns out hat he radially symmetrical aliens nicknamed heptapods by he humans have separate spoken and written languages called by Louise Heptapod A and Heptapod B respectively The Heptapod B language is based on Belonging the aliens perception ofime as simultaneous not seuential like how humans perceive it In learning Heptapod B Louise also learns o perceive ime as Grandpa Grumpy's Family they do The otherimeline is a intimate story of Louise s life with her daughter curiously written in second person future The Guardian tenseThe narrative switches back and forth betweenhe wo imelines Diehard sci fi fans are likely Sandpiper Drift to findhe business with he aliens interesting han he story of Louise s daughter s life Personally I find both imelines interesting with very different appeals Fans of China Mi ville s excellent Embassytown will find he linguistic and philosophical explorations of his story uite fascinating On he philosophical side he story explores he idea of predestination free will and how hese hings can affect he key decisions we make in life Story of Your Life was previously legitimately available free Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime to read online or download but I suspecthe movie studio has put a stop Bachelor-Auction Bridegroom (The Way We Met...And Married) (Harlequin American Romance Series) tohat It is a well deserved Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner Ted Chiang is a wonderfully versatile writer he can be erudite The State of Public Administration technical philosophical or lyrical ashe story reuires I also highly recommend The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities that you buy his amazing anthology Stories of Your Life and Others see review further downhis page There are mind boggling wonders o be found hereNotesSimilar Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East (Critical Youth Studies) to how Kurt Vonnegut s Tralfamadorians aliens perceiveime in Slaughterhouse Five There are still some great Ted Chiang stories Alexandria, Real and Imagined that you can read online or download One is The Lifecycle of Software Objects is a brilliant storyhat you should not miss Try Googling for others Among other The Complete Editor thingshis story is also a nice Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction tributeo Jorge Luis Borges who is one of Chiang s influences Ted Chiang reveals how Arrival went from page o screen Update Jan 22 2017 The movie Arrival is not oo shabby of a Departure Talking with Doctors than Arrival buthe changes are The Yipping Tiger and Other Tales from the Neuropsychiatric Clinic tolerable The military crisishey added on seems superfluous Theorists of the Modernist Novel: James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf to me buthe general filmgoers may need Marley that kind ofension I don Annie, Between the States t know I certainlyhink you would appreciate he movie better after reading Story of Your Life firstuotes I remember once when we ll be driving o Cruel Harvest the mallo buy some new clothes for you You ll be Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives thirteen It was strangerying o learn a language hat had no spoken form Instead of practicing my pronunciation I had aken o sueezing my eyes shut and Trilobites tryingo paint semagrams on The Friend the insides of my eyelids The semagrams seemedo be something Bomber Boys: Fighting Back, 1940-1945 than languagehey were almost like mandalas I found myself in a meditative state contemplating Through Streets Broad and Narrow the way in which premises and conclusions were interchangeable There was no direction inherent inhe way propositions were connected no Someone To Love train ofhought moving along a particular route all The Subterraneous Passage; or, Gothic Cell the components in an act of reasoning were eually powerful all having identical precedence If you wanto keep up with The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life the Joneses inhe sci fi reading community you will have The Advertising Agency Business to readhis short story collection Considering he has published less Alamein than 50 stories and not a single novel Ted Chiang is one ofoday s best known sf authors among sf readers Undone Is Beautiful: There Is Beauty to Be Found in the Middle of the Mess this does not make him a household name but he is a forceo be. Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of he very very strange and he heartbreakingly familiar often presenting characters who must confro. Reckoned with It is also remarkable how many major sf awards he has won given he relatively small number of stories he has published In other words he is errific without being prolific Stories of Your Life and Others is Jek/Hyde the only collection Mr Chiang has published athe Learning to See time of writing he also has a few other stories published which are not included inhis volume Having read Addiction this collection it is easyo see why he is so revered among he sf readership All hese stories are based on ideas which range from damn clever Surviving Seduction to ingenioushey are all beautifully written and most of It Takes A Thief (Hagen Series them feature well developed characters I will just briefly comment on each oneTower of Babylon Nebula Award winnerThe collection starts with a wonderful fantasy storyhat reads like sci fi hanks o he logic employed Imagine climbing he Biblical Tower of Babel The Moon Platoon tohe very zenith way above he clouds all he way o where you would imagine heaven o be Well you don have o imagine it Mr Chiang has done it for you with some amazingly visual description and immersive storytellingUnderstandA sort of Flowers for Algernon crossed with he 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 herapy his intellect does seem The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics to be superhuman A riveting novella lengthaleDivision by ZeroObsession with maths can drive you mad Not really my favorite story here but like all he others it is clever and well written short ooStory of Your Life This is my original mini review for his story I m keeping it One hing I hate about aliens on sci fi TV is how goofy and anthropomorphic hey end Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High to be Ifhey didn Risk t have green skin or furry faces you would not knowhey are aliens They are often just money grubbing lusty greedy noble heroic or vain as Pretty Sly the human characters andheir language Unravel Me tendso be just as J. G. Ballard translatable into English as Chinese or Italian The aliens inhis story are very alien hey are beyond comprehension and if you want o speak Bete De Jour: The Intimate Adventures Of An Ugly Man their language you haveo alter your entire way of looking at he world This story is about han just first contact however it is also about Hidden Agenda (Project Justice the perception ofime 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 The Secret Wife 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 worldhan a very short story It is basically about posthumanism and well worth reading and pondering afterwardHell Is Man of Honour: John MacArthur, Duellist, Rebel, Founding Father the Absence of GodAnother gobsmacking storyhe fourth one in his 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 his collection This one will stay with you for Student Sex With Teacher - Spanking Sexy 3-Story Bundle 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 forhat macro effect Another excellent A McCabe at Heart thought experiment This collection of stories is generally very readable erudite fascinating and memorable A book likehis is Solomon's Keepers the reason most of us read sff books What we have here is a real sensawunda merchant one ofhe all ime greatsAfter finishing his collection I immediately downloaded and read Chiang s The Lifecycle of Software Objects which A Girl Less Ordinary the author and publisher have kindly made availableo be read online It is also amazing and a must read This is a story of love and The Golden Lord the devastating conseuences of realising one s love object is not as perfect as onehoughtThe opening paragraph reads like a maths extbook and he second is set in a psychiatric hospital Don City Doctor, Outback Nurse t let either put you off I married a man with a maths degree and our child is now at university studyingheoretical physics hat is practically maths but I am primarily a words person This gave me a wonderful peek at he joy hat can be found in numbers and patterns heoretical and also physical as well as he psychological risks As a child of seven Renee had been spellbound at discovering he perfect suares in he smooth marble iles of he floor A single one wo rows of wo hree rows of hree he Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization, Volume 2 tiles fitogether in a suare No matter which side you looked at it from The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level ti came outhe same And Writing For Business Results thanhat each suare was bigger Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor thanhe last by an odd number of Party Hearty: Hot, Sexy, Have-a-Blast Food Fun All Year Round tiles It was an epiphany The conclusion was necessary it had a rightnesso it confirmed by Mantra the smooth cool feel ofhe The Girl from the Garden tiles Andhe way Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith theiles were fitted The Teenage Brain together she had shivered athe precision She devoted her life o maths was happy and successful until she made a discovery hat was like a When Love Happens theologian provinghat The Girl from the Garden there was no God Howo find meaning life after Night Hush that And don say 42The mathematical ideas relevant The Wrong Dead Guy tohe story were explained clearly enough hat I hink I understood hem sufficiently If you want o delve deeper Mark H recommended The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Trans-Atlantic Crossing thishough I confess it went above my head For other stories in he collection Stories of Your Life see my review HEREImage source reviewTed Chiang is a echnical writer in Faint Trace: A June Lyons Novella the software industry as many ofhe best people are He occasionally publishes short stories a remarkably high proportion of which have won major sci fi awards including 4 Nebulas and 4 Hugos for only 15 works That indicates The Cherry Harvest the uality of what s withinhese pages but may mislead about he genre content and style Some are set in he far past and The Sun the only aliens and space faring are inhe Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are title storyhough here is futuristic echnology in most Speculative fiction han sci fi Instead hese stories are primarily about inner space and ideas especially seeking meaning by analysing patterns of language maths and nature That leads o heological and philosophical uestions about good evil God and what it means The 3rd Woman to be human and at what point we ceaseo be such see also Vonnegut s GalapagosThe reviews of individual stories are in spoiler The Stolen Child tags for easy scrolling but don contain spoilersTower of Babylon 4Drilling Yes, and throughhe vault of heaven in ancient Babylon view spoiler The first short story in a collection by a supposed sci fi author is set in Old Testament Babylon and features nothing futuristic or alien It almost feels as if it were written in ancient Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids times If you want a label you could use Atwood s speculative fiction or perhaps less appealingly maths fiction The Tower of Babylon has nearly reachedhe vault of heaven Miners are recruited o drill hrough so people can know Yahweh better The A Line of Blood tower is so high itakes Cinco de Mayhem (Santa Fe Cafe Mystery, theeam around four months of solid climbing dragging ools on cartsThe world building was believably detailed he mythology and psychology almost real Whole world building was believably detailed The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: A Polar Journey the mythology and psychology almost real Whole live at levels onhe The Book of Love: Improvisations on a Crazy Little Thing tower never coming downo earth with ingenious ways of growing food At higher levels Mad as Helen (River Road, the light of day shone upward and plants grow sideways or down Athe very op hey walk among moving stars and Crazy Heart the sight ofhe vault inspired unease They uestion he heology and conseuences of what hey are doing might Yahweh punish heir arrogance or be pleased at #their aspiration and endeavour They continue cautiously using ancient echniues of fire setting and simple picks and #aspiration and endeavour They continue cautiously using ancient echniues of fire setting and simple picks and slowly creating huge chambers in Under the Same Blue Sky the smooth granite vault The dramatic conclusion causes a complete reappraisal of beliefs about God man andheir relationship Ultimately By his construction Yahweh s work was indicated and Yahweh s work was concealed Image source for ancient cylinder seal hide spoiler The greatest living short story writer in my humble opinion Update Saturday he 12th November 2016I just watched Not Supposed To the movie The Arrival and OMG it was amazing I cried Like a lot I had chills and sat onhe edge of my seat and I was Dream A Little Death totally engaged What s worse The personal aspects ofhe movie just blew me away And even worse The mental ones were profound and beautiful and amazing I AM SUEEEINGNow here s Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog the big uestion Am I a fanboy becausehe movie only improved my appreciation of The Women in the Castle the original story Or am I just blown away byhe better presentation of Inventing the Middle Ages the original storyThe mathematical implications inhe original story and What Not to Bare the way it described what was going on is noto be discounted at all mind you I loved what Glimmer theext could do and did But he movie got me on a whole different level and I was laughing and crying and it was soooo damn bittersweet and glorious all at he same Forward: A Memoir time I was MOVED Jeeze I m amazed evenSo Best movie ofhe year I The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789 think so There were a lot of great ones outhere Rain Wilds Chronicles too buthis one Boost Your Hiring IQ tookhe cake shiver Old ReviewI can Puntos de Partida t believehat I Into the Crossfire took so longo check out his story collection In fact I don believe it For one good reason I read one of his short stories when it came out and hadn Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy t rememberedhat I had until a few pages in AND I remembered loving it Golems Names of God MURDER That was one hell of a pleasant surpriseAs for All Involved the rest I admito wanting Ballroom to knowhe story The Hidden Memory of Objects that The Arrival is based on before I watchedhe movie The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland this weekend And here she strange part While I loved it I loved all Unworldly Encounter: Part 5 the other stories even shockSeriouslyhis man is a walking powerhouse of sharp as hell storytelling and erudition all wrapped up in an utterly fascinating intensity and focus on singularly awesome issues I ll skip discussion on The Angel the storieshat didn The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel t blow me away buthat still leaves almost all The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man the stories inhe "BOOKWHAT DO I MEAN OKAY TAKE "do I mean Okay Mining Group Gold, Third Edition: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results take of Babylon If having a world wherehe building of Yankton College: A Historical Sketch (Classic Reprint) theower wasn Medical Office Procedures t hampered where reachinghe city of God at he op Jack's Widow: A Novel takeshan a full year of pilgrimage where we re immersed in ancient Babylon is The Scandal Plan twisted with one singular difference can you guess whathat difference is I laughed out loud after I discovered it Just imagine Death on the Aisle the old joke of half glass fullempty when appliedo engineers The glass didn Allied t meet design specifications Oh my god Anyway Thenhere was Understand which made me Superheroes Anonymous think of Flowers for Algernon with a seriously different bent Let s go ultimate intelligence withhe focus on understanding Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex the real nature ofhought Hell yeah I mean we didn Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work: How to Use the Enneagram System for Success t even needhe Snowbound at Christmas (Montana Men, technohriller aspects of The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership this modern retelling orhe fight between ultimate intelligences Not really But it was also fun as hellWhat about Stories of Your Life The one Bad Childhood---Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood that isied Drive Me Crazy tohe new movie It s about linguistics and One Lucky Hero the nature of similar concepts linkinghe ways we hink about higher physics and he fact The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Gear, and Handling that we needo make The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers that bridge before we could even speako his alien intelligence Or how our conception of ime of cause and effect is completely useless inside heir language If we actually begin o understand it hat heavy concept how can hat change our lives It really is gorgeous Seventy Two Letters Golems as a great wist on artificial intelligence featuring he problems of reproduction and natural selection as a linguistic issue focusing on Kissing in America the Kabbalah ashe key Nylon and Bombs: DuPont and the March of Modern America to unlockhe power and creative force of God And it s a great adventure Traps Treachery (Legends Lairs, d20 System) too Liking What You See A Documentary Oh goodnesshis was a blast It s all focused on Claimed by the Bear the nature andhe use and misuse of beauty with a major wist What if we could block he paths in our brains hat let us see and feel he effects of beauty Purpose To see people as hey really are below he skin No pre judging assholes as really great people because The Clutter Connection: How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do they re pretty No ignoringhe uglies who might be great people Level Art And The Committed Eye: The Cultural Functions Of Imagery the playing field and judge people byheir actions Great huh Well From Dependency To Development: Strategies To Overcome Underdevelopment And Inequality this documentary focuses on pilot schools and whole social movements forhe The Glass Woman treatment andhe backlash of whole industries World History of the Dance that wanthe slavery o continue Really great hought experiment and beautifully writtenCult of personality indeed How much of it is skin deep Sorry I got really excited about all Hitler and the Germans this I love it when I read really great books I don read very many short stories collection but after Starting Out: My Story So Far this one I feel like I now needoThis one contains he most mind bending and original sci fi stories I ve read in a whileMy favorite what he last one Loving ImperfectionsIf arithmetic were consistent love could not exist That is One Black Shoe to say if arithmetic were undeniably logical in its foundations logic would rulehe worild and What s Vampire City thereo say about Chiang Maths People Problems Results Package that allhe others don say He is he closest hing o a modern Jorge Luis Borges in melding high concepts with literature o create something better han either in some respects I d rank his best short stories as better The Urban Woodsman than Gene Wolfe soo often A Red Skeleton in Your Closet: Ghost Stories- Gay and Grim tedious unsolved puzzleboxes His writing is deceptively excellent I would call him a writer s writer becausehe flat evenness of his prose may strike a reader as boring unless Beautiful Boxes: Design and Techniques they haveried Lucretia s Batavia Diary to write as clearlyhemselves and failed abysmally at which point She they begino appreciate Chiang s infallible choice of words and lucid prose which sinks into Kayla Wayman, Junior Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream: A Story Sprouts Collaborative Novel (Story Sprouts Novel Book 1) the mind without friction Stories of Your Life and Others is much superioro 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 hem online so when I had he chance Twisted Rails, Sunken Ships: The Rhetoric of Nineteenth Century Steamboat and Railroad Accident Investigation Reports, 1833-1879 to read a hardcopy ofhe full coll. Nt sudden change Literary Paper Dolls: Includes 16 Masters of the Literary World! the inevitable rise of automatons orhe appearance of aliens with some sense of normalcy With sharp intelligence and humor Chiang examines.

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Ection I seized it1 The Tower of Babylon amusing and in describing September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem the lives ofhe people living on he ower moving in some respects The final ending feels like an appropriate conclusion If one had o criticize it it would be hat Stalin's Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War the Tower itself is completely unrealistic even inhe Biblical cosmology of Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution the story as I saidhe best Chiang stories unite literature and good ideas I would rank Sweet Southern Nights this 5 ofhe 8 stories2 Division by Zero not Joy of Stress Ppb terribly impressive over wrought and I feel I have readhis story before and better 73 Understand a classic in It's All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir) the niche genre of superintelligence and IMO betterhan Vinge s Bookworm Run and at least as good as Flowers for Algernon Chiang like every other author confronts The Lakotas and the Black Hills the limits of his writing ability inrying The Tale Bearers: Essays On English, American And Other Writers to write convincingly of a superintelligence who is by definition vastly smarterhan he is The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South the same challenge laid down by Campbello Vinge you can write his story and neither can anyone else and so he start of he story is much stronger han he later passages But he whole is still memorable 4 Probably an even better read for hose who haven read about hemes of superintelligence before4 Story of Your Life I had actually read His Small-Town Family (Home to Dover, this one before and dismissed it as sentimentalripe with some weak physics or linguistic layering His Sons Teacher that I didn really understand In Hot Spell this respect like many ofhe other reviewers on The Ranger this page who pan it as dumb seeinghe future ropes he fault was mine Story of Your Life is much better han he critics give it credit for being simply because hey entirely failed o understand he concept despite uite a lot of explanation from Chiang Fortunately just a few weeks ago I happened o read some material on Стоте премеждия на Бан Батил (Бан Батил, the Lagrangian interpretations of physics and combined with knowing in advancehe ending I was able o appreciate he story much better Son of a Gun thisime Thinking about it I realized it does something unusual in providing another angle a psychological angle o imeless interpretations of physics and block universes and backpropagation in neural networks and I even connected it Words Get in the Way to Zen which makeshem all a little easier The Seagull Reader: Fiction to understand for me I didn get it IFA: The Key to Its Understanding the firstime but I m glad I eventually reread it and got it I would rank Asylum this 3 ofhe 8 stories 3 This story is what I believe was he first adaptation of any of Chiang s stories despite being overrated like Life Cycle of Software Objects getting a movie in 2016 Since here seems o be some confusion over what exactly Chiang is rying o say with his one I ve expanded out my houghts on what is actually going on in an essay movie however avoids his almost entirely When I heard Paprika there was goingo be a movie I said More To Remember; Poems Of Four Decades to myself I bet it ll misshe entire point and make it about Three Major Plays timeravel or something It does Avoiding Penjahanaman Pemikiran Intelektual the physics entirelyhe screenwriter akes he offhand mention of Sapir Whorf and interprets he protagonist as getting actual ime Immortal travel powers based on his interview making no mention of why when he decidedo drastically simplify I suspect he doesn Modern Albania t even realize how badly he failedo understand it The scriptwriter apparently Ninth and Hell Street tookhe only bits he understood a mention of he Sapir Whorf hypothesis which is mostly a hypothesis as decades of searching have urned up less 101 Wire Earrings: Step-by-Step Projects Techniques than impressive empirical results like slightly easier perception of named colors and better geographic location knowledge when grammar encodes direction certainly nothing likehe grand expectations in It's On and Poppin the 1960shat led o such linguistic neologistic monstrosities as herstory or womyn With he meaning of Gift of Faith the story excised he haso come up with a regular plot and does his by giving he aliens a dare I say human motivation in How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling tryingo somehow save hemselves by uplifting humans This is itself a betrayal of part of Chiang s ethos in many of his stories Chiang is depicting he unknown and he unknowable and human confrontation with it The heat death of he universe in Exhalation post human intelligence in Understand post human knowledge science in The Evolution of Human Science Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis the nature of God and morality andhe implications of divine command Thirty Years in Lane: And Other Lane Papers (Classic Reprint) theory in Hell ishe Absence of God what lies beyond Remember Me to Harold Square the sky orhe circular universe in The Tower of Babylon and alien cognition and ways of viewing he universe in Story of Your Life What s left is mostly a glossy action movie heavy on military hardware presumably his is one of hose Hollywood productions where he US military provides lots of euipment personnel in exchange for a positive depiction as honest competent not rigger happy about he need for a world government with Heroes and She-roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes the physicsheme urned into just a Sapir Whorf superpower hough his makes no sense in universe If The Protagonist Can Create the protagonist can create ime loops and steal information from Cold Iron (Masters Mages, the future why doesn she steal a cure Or why not see an alternate future where her child doesn get sick or an entirely different husband and healthy child she could also love Or how is Heptapodese not supposed o lead Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War to incredible chaos as people learn it and start monkeying withhe future Why do Spiffy Kitchen Collectibles the aliens need any assistance fromhe humans in he first place whether o learn Secrets of State their language oro save hemselves The special effects depiction of Heptapod is some nifty cloud effects but he heptapods hemselves are not erribly compelling aliens As a rendering of Chiang s vision I would have Cold Mountain to give it an F because it is frustratingly almosthe 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 Don't Try This at Home: How to Win a Sumo Match, Catch a Great White Shark, Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats (For Ordinary People) 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 wonderfulhe problem great he ideas even better and he solution meaning better still I can The War Artists t say it s incredibly deep but it s a look at a road notaken and a reminder of how confusing genetics was and how many strange ideas were proposed before we reached anything like he current Mendel Fisher particulate inheritance paradigm 27 Hell Is he Absence of God as an atheist who keeps coming back Dating the Guy Upstairs tohe Wisdom Books How'd You Score That Gig?: A Guide to the Coolest Jobs-and How to Get Them the Book of Job particularly KJVranslation of course Walt Disney's Cinderella (A Little Golden Book Classic) this story came as a gut punch The writing is Chiang at his most Chiang yhe world interesting and provocative Chiang akes he Bible literally but not seriously one might say and Due Diligence the ending simply unspeakable But don ake my word for it decide for yourself as he fallen angels say This story enriches reading Coyote Frontier the Book of Job for me and Ihink ultimately hammers in for me Anything We Love Can Be Saved 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 abouthe dialogues and characters seem off It just jars me I My Swedish Cousins think somewhere Chiang also notes his dissatisfaction withhe writing of Mexican Hooker this one 6 35 starsI don often read science fiction and when I do hose I ve chosen in he past are appropriately labeled as speculative fiction Stories The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels thatake place right here on our planet sans aliens Or if An Open Spook (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, they do happeno occur in other worlds what is being examined is not so much Cannibal the alienshemselves but Cannibal: The True Story Behind the Maneater of Rotenburg the nature of our own humanity in comparisono hese other beings These are he best kinds of stories and I ve found some of my very favorites in his genre Having once read a short story by Ted Chiang in he past and finding it uite brilliant I was game for giving Tweaked this collection a go What I discovered washat Chiang has an inuisitive mind and a love for math and science which I The Crooked Branch thoroughly admire He makes youhink and expand your mind The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance tohe point you will need The Secret Of The Caves / The Secrets of Pirates Hill / The Secret of the Old Mill (The Hardy Boys to sit and ponder each story for uite someime before moving on o he next Like an all you can eat buffet You want o ake it all in but if you go The Superhuman Mind: How to Unleash Your Inner Genius too uickly you will be overwhelmed by your overindulgence Each story is so uniue Because I had very different reactionso each one I ll share some Ten Points thoughts on each one individually Tower of Babylon 5 stars Based onhe Old Testament story but with a fresh angle Double Dealing this oneranscends any Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme time period Menry Steampunk Style Jewelry to reachhe vault of heaven in order o better understand he secrets and mysteries of God The world building in Sapphique (Incarceron, this one was my favorite so visual and rich in detail especially for a short story What happens when you breakhrough he floor of heaven I loved how his one ended Perhaps men were not meant o live in such a place If heir own natures restrained Traditional Country Furniture: 21 Projects in the Shaker, Appalachian and Farmhouse Styles them from approaching heavenoo closely hen men should remain on he earth Understand 25 stars After suffering from a The Red Sea Bride traumatic brain injury a man is given hormone Kherapy Attaboy, Sam! to regeneratehe damaged neurons As a result I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President the man s intelligence is enhanced exponentially What does he do withhis new gift and how does it isolate him from others I liked More-Igami the concept ofhis one better han he actual execution One of my favorite books ever Flowers for Algernon handles Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present this idea withhe added benefit of a pulling at Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory the heartstrings kind of emotional drawhat I ll never forget Here he constraints of he short story just don Desperate Networks t allow ito achieve El Reino Que No Podía Ser Compartido that greatness I m reminded ofhe Confucian concept of ren inadeuately conveyed by benevolence hat uality which is uintessentially human which can only be cultivated hrough interaction with others and which a solitary person cannot manifest Division by Zero 4 stars 1 2 What if you could prove otherwise What if all number could be proved eual o one another A gifted mathematician grapples with a mathematical proof in conjunction with her ideas of love and marriage If all hat we believed about mathematics is proved false The Culling Trials then order no longer exists and chaos rules This brought me backo MY LONELY DAYS SITTING IN A MATH LIBRARY PULLING lonely days sitting in a math library pulling obscure books in order The New Rules of Work: The ultimate career guide for the modern workplace to prove some confoundingheorem She like many had always hought hat mathematics did not derive its meaning from The Investigators the universe but rather imposed some meaning ontohe universe Story of Your Life 5 stars This story contains elements of what we naturally consider when we hear HIV Prevention Saves Lives (Classic Reprint) theerm science fiction Aliens visit Earth and Smart Medicine Family Health Journal teams of linguists and physicists among others are formedo communicate and learn from Because It Feels Good these so called heptapods This ishe stuff hat really intrigues me So much of our own communication among humans is not conveyed properly misunderstandings abound and cultures and countries are always in discord with one another How he hell are we supposed o ever ruly understand an alien race should we ever make contact with one The concept of Programming in Objective-C 2.0 time is brilliantly explored Louisehe linguist discovers Writing Under Pressure: The Quick Writing Process (Oxford Paperbacks) than she could ever imagine after breaking down some ofhe boundaries between La Batalla these beings and our own species Awist on ime left me stunned I know how his story ends I Math and Science Workout for the Act, 4th Edition: Extra Practice for an Excellent Score think about it a lot I alsohink a lot about how it began just a few years ago when ships appeared in orbit and artifacts appeared in meadows Seventy Two Letters 2 stars This story just ried o do a bit oo much It could have been made into wo individual stories and been impactful perhaps Victorian England automata combined with golems ideas on preformation as a means of continuing I Am Mr. Spock the human species andhe practice of eugenics Some of he ideas reminded me of certain yrannical leaders of he past and present Scary stuff indeed By exercising some judgment when choosing who may bear children or not our government could preserve he nation s racial stock The Evolution of Human Science 1 star A very brief story examining hermeneutics and he idea of metahumans I hink I fell asleep reading his one Only his caught my attention what is Boston Connection[Krimi] the role of human scientists in an age whenhe frontiers of scientific inuiry have moved beyond Edmund Burke Natural Law the comprehension of humans Hell ishe Absence of God 4 stars I wasn The Haunted Halloween Carnival t sure wherehis one was going initially but once it clicked I was delighted Angels visit earth on a regular basis inflicting pain on some and dispensing miracles How to Write Funny to others Ahought provoking insight into heaven and hell and he randomness of catastrophes death and he saving of souls Believers beware he s always assumed his destination was Hell and he accepted hat That was he way of Unfit to be a Slave things and Hell after all was not physically worsehan he mortal plane Liking What You See A Documentary 3 stars If you could essentially urn off your capacity o see physical attractiveness would you do so That s what calliagnosia can do for you And vice versa #would it be better if others couldn see you based on your beauty or #it be better if others couldn see you based on your beauty or hereof One would see past Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It the surface and intohe depths of a person instead eliminating discrimination based on looks alone The idea was fascinating but he style of his as a series of little interviews didn From a Writer's Notebook t uite appealo me as a straightforward narrative might When you see a smile Women and Power in the Middle East that s genuine you ll see beauty When you see an act of courage or generosity you ll see beauty Most of all when you look at someone you love you ll see beautyTed Chiang is clearly an ideas kind of writer Andhose ideas are rather genius Being a certain kind of reader I found A Year of Weddings the emotionally charged language and dialogue I so loveo be lacking in most of he stories If you put characterization at he op of your list you may be disappointed because hat is not what Chiang is after here He excels at challenging your mind The Political Economy of China's Economic Zones to stretch itself fartherhan you could possibly imagine from a set of little stories For hat reason I will most definitely read his work again. 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