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Ted Chiang

Autor(a) de Stories of Your Life and Others

32+ Works 9,097 Membros 434 Críticas 57 Favorited

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Image credit: Ted Chiang, Madrid, Spain, 24/02/2011.

Obras por Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) 4,893 exemplares
Exhalation (2019) 2,719 exemplares
Tower of Babylon {novelette} (1990) 64 exemplares
Exhalation {short story} (2008) 41 exemplares
Story of Your Life {novella} (1998) 41 exemplares
The Great Silence (2016) — Autor — 32 exemplares
Understand (1991) 30 exemplares
Seventy-Two Letters {novella} (2000) 25 exemplares
Das wahre Wesen der Dinge (2014) 22 exemplares
Division by Zero {short story} (1991) 16 exemplares
Ted Chiang Compilation 10 exemplares
Omphalos {novelette} (2019) — Autor — 7 exemplares
Exalare (2020) 4 exemplares
Wydech (2020) 3 exemplares
Utandning (2021) 3 exemplares
Érkezés és más novellák (2019) 1 exemplar
ΕΚΠΝΟΗ 1 exemplar
Výdech 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Steampunk (2008) — Contribuidor — 813 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection (1999) — Contribuidor — 476 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection (2008) — Contribuidor — 469 exemplares
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuidor — 399 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Contribuidor — 370 exemplares
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005) — Contribuidor — 358 exemplares
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contribuidor — 336 exemplares
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 305 exemplares
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contribuidor — 273 exemplares
Year's Best SF 4 (1999) — Contribuidor — 256 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 248 exemplares
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contribuidor — 234 exemplares
The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998) — Contribuidor — 190 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
Year's Best SF 14 (2009) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (2008) — Contribuidor — 165 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Two (2008) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
Full Spectrum 3 (1991) — Contribuidor — 162 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (2000) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
A Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Three (2009) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
Starlight 2 (1998) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
Eclipse 2: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contribuidor — 128 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy (2008) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Starlight 3 (2001) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eight (1890) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 (2009) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Science Fiction: The Best of 2002 (2003) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Not One of Us: Stories of Aliens on Earth (2018) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure (2020) — Prefácio, algumas edições43 exemplares
Fantasy: The Best of 2001 (2002) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Edited By (2020) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The WisCon Chronicles (2007) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 47 • April 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 26 (2011) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Gigantic Worlds (2015) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Terra nova : antología de ciencia ficción contemporánea (2012) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 31 • December 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 74 • July 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Fall 2013 — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
A la deriva en el mar de las lluvias y otros relatos (2015) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 23 (2008) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction (2009) — Autor — 5 exemplares
Bifrost n°41 (2006) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Supernovæ (1993) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Nuove avventure nell'ignoto — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Locus, July 2011 (606) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Subterranean Magazine Fall 2010 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Chiang, Ted
Outros nomes
Chiang, Feng-nan
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Port Jefferson, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Bellevue, Washington, USA
Brown University
Technical Writer
science fiction writer
Prémios e menções honrosas
John W. Campbell Award (1992)




Short stories, of course some better than others. The best few were great — Hell Is the Absence of God, Story of your Life, particularly. But most were worth my time.
thisisstephenbetts | 226 outras críticas | Nov 25, 2023 |
2.72 stars/average per story

Tower of Babylon 2.5
A fictional reimagining of the Tower of Babel, had God not mixed up the languages of the people on earth. The author wrote as if all humans are righteous and have pure motives. I really wasn’t all that interested in this one, but I kept reading because I wanted to see how the author would treat the Biblical account.

Understand 4.75
My favorite in the whole book, most of this story is pretty much my dream reality, about artificially increasing the body’s capacity to think, understand, reason. Sadly, there were many instances of my Lord’s name used flippanty, so I had to knock down the rating a tiny amount.

Division by Zero 1.5
There are several instances of profanity, the topic isn’t terribly interesting, and divorce is justified due to illness. Ugh.

Story of Your Life 3.5
The story that inspired the movie The Arrival, one of my favorites. I liked the movie better than the book, at the end of the day, but this is still good. Plus, it was fun to see how different and alike the book and adaptation were.

Seventy-Two Letters 2.5
Somewhat interesting to read, but the religious/Biblical references that have been twisted did not sit well with me.

The Evolution of Human Science 1.5 I know from my notes that this is about two very different races in the future, and that I wished it had been longer, with more thought-provoking content... but I honestly can’t remember anything about it.

Hell Is the Absence of God 1.0
In this story, Chiang envisions a world where people can see where there loved ones go after death - heaven or hell, angels cause more problems than not, God is not merciful, just, loving, or anything Good. This was the most spiritually offensive piece of the bunch.

Liking What You See: A Documentary 4.5
One of my favorites, about a technology that makes it possible for people to have a less-pronounced reaction to physical beauty. I like how Chiang looked at this issue from multiple, truly diverse, perspectives.
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RachelRachelRachel | 226 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
2 stars/story average. Not super impressed with this collection. ☹️

The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate: 3.5
I'm a sucker for time travel, so I enjoyed this one, though it wasn't terribly profound or anything. I also find it interesting that Chiang writes Muslim characters with a bit more respect than he does his Christian characters…

Exhalation: 3.5
This was about artificial life on the verge of extinction. It was interesting, but not mind-blowing.

What's Expected of Us: 1.0
Hated the premise of this one. It was essentially Calvinism without God, and I don't even agree with actual Calvinism, which acknowledges God.

The Lifecycle of Software Objects: 1.0
The longest story in the book, by far. Too long… it dragged on forever. There was also profanity and a lot of crude sexual references.

Dacey's Patent Automatic Nanny: 1.0
This was sad and rather pointless. It also didn't really seem like SciFi.

The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling: 3.0
There were two different story lines in this: one modern, one "historical." The modern one was interesting, but the other one rubbed me the wrong way, as it depicted a Christian missionary in a bad light.

The Great Silence: 1.0
This wasn't really SciFi, for starters. It was very boring. And it also referenced evolutionary theory as fact.

Omphalos: 1.0
The author's personal beliefs about religion/Christianity were very obvious in this one… and wrong. We cannot find purpose or truth apart from God.

Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom: 2.5
This story about parallel worlds had potential, but it was too long and I didn't care about any of the characters.
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RachelRachelRachel | 113 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
Mind blowing! This is my first time reading Ted Chiang’s stories and every single one was so impactful and really made me think deeper and more critically about things that we often don’t question. They were also just so well written I wanted to keep going to the end of each story in one sitting. The last story, “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom” was the only one that started a little slower for me, but still by the end I found it to be very insightful and intriguing.

Reading the story notes on the inspirations and how these stories came into being at the end was also cool. I think my favorite story would have to be the longest one in this collection: “The Lifecycle of Software Objects.” That one really drew me in, and yet I have to say that really and truly each story has stayed with me. This story in particular focuses on the topic of AI and what rights AI “should” have, who gets to decide that, and why. And then it also looks more specifically at the way humans and AI may interact and how those interactions may play out. The AI must interact with the world and continue developing just as humans do, so it would make sense that it would also take some time to develop and during that time, would also need some guiding and nurturing presence. But how would humans respond to that need and what ways would those willing to provide these things go about doing so?

My favorite type of time travel story is the one in which nothing you can do in your traveling can actually change the present, and yet this doesn’t matter so much when you realize the importance of simply gaining a better understanding or a different view of something from your past— essentially, even though nothing will be different in the general sense when you return from the journey, you yourself will be changed as a person. This is the kind of time travel that is seen in the first story of this collection, “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate.”

“Exhalation” dives into the idea of the world becoming increasingly chaotic since it’s beginning and how it constantly strives for a balance but in doing so gets ever closer to an equilibrium. One of my favorite quotes is from this story: “I hope that you were motivated by a desire for knowledge, a yearning to see what can arise from a universe’s exhalation…Our universe might have slid into equilibrium emitting nothing more than a quiet hiss. The fact that it spawned such plentitude is a miracle, one that is matched only by your universe giving rise to you.”

“What’s Expected of Us” really taps into our need for a purpose and the link that this often has with the search for where we came from and why. Many seek their purpose from the creator they place their faith in, and some seek purpose within the environment around them and what they believe this reflects on themselves. But what if we found out through scientific observations that we weren’t created on purpose? And therefore, that we have no purpose given to us? How would this effect our view of ourselves and others? How would it effect our ability to make choices and find meaning in anything we do?

The remaining stories go into similar themes, questioning the way humans interact with one another and non human beings and objects. Questioning what possibilities may arise in our deepening relationship with and dependence upon technology. Questioning when and why a choice matters against the platform of the universe. This will only be the beginning of my readings into Ted Chiang’s imaginatively and immaculately rendered speculations on humanity.

Exhalation: 5/5 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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rianainthestacks | 113 outras críticas | Nov 5, 2023 |



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