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Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)

di Ted Chiang

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Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award for 1990. Now, collected for the first time, are all seven of this extraordinary writer's extraordinary stories--plus a new story written especially for this volume.
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This was really good. I've been reading more short stories lately and this is a really good collection.

Like with any short story collection, there are some stories I find more than others. My top three stories were 1. Liking What You See: a Documentary, 2. Story of Your Life, and 3. Hell is the Absence of God. These stories are all in the later half of the book, which I definitely enjoyed more than the first half. The earlier stories were fine but weren't really about topics that interested me particularly and seemed a bit more technical in ways I didn't completely follow.

To rate each story individually...
Tower of Babylon - this was interesting but not a topic I know a lot about because I didn't grow up religious and not something that really intrigues me either. 3.5/5
Understand - This is a story about what it would be like to unlock more of your brains potential and you could understand how you mind works. This was good but did remind me of that bad Scarlett Johansson movie about a similar idea from a few years ago. 3.5/5
Division by Zero - Even now, I really don't remember much about this story. I think this one lost me a bit but the later half of the story was interesting. 3/5
Story of Your Life - the titular story and the inspiration of the movie Arrival and it loved up to all that. I really enjoyed this and was the first story of this collection that really drew me in and had me thinking after I finished reading. 5/5
Seventy-Two Letters - The first part of this story was very technical and a bit confusing and it moved in a direction that was expected for me but the second half of the story became very interesting for me. 4/5
The Evolution of Human Science - This is super short so I don't have much to say and no rating but definitely a curious glimpse of a possible future.
Hell is the Absence of God- unlike the other story about religion, this story was very interesting to me. I think this was because this is about the ramifications of God if we take the Bible as reality and contains really interesting content about the way people interact with each other about religion. 4.5/5
Liking What You See: A Documentary - This was such an amazing story exploring a really interesting idea. I felt myself trying to figure out where I stood on this issue being discussed. This was the one that had my mind spinning the most in a way that I really enjoyed. I'm glad this was the story to close the collection. 5/5

I'll definitely try to pick up Chiang's other collection. The writing was consistently very good and I really enjoyed most of these stories.
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  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Some really good and thought-provoking stories in here, and (as always in a short story collection), some duds - namely, "Tower of Babylon" and "The Evolution of Human Science." But the genius and pathos of the good stories more than makes up for it. In particular, "Hell is the Absence of God" delivers a gut-punch of a story and really makes you consider, without being overtly religious.

Overall, a very good collection and a quick read. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
I am completely blown away by Chiang's genius. The stories were brilliant, making me look at the world in various ways. He crafts worlds with precision, building on the foundation of science and fantasy to create fantastical realities that are infused with enough charm and cynicism so as to feel both real and unreal.

Yes, that sounds strange, but that's exactly how I felt about his stories.

Of course, Story of Your Life is one of the best I've read. However, I loved Understand to bits, and Hell is the Absence of God is another masterpiece. All of the stories are amazing, to say the least.

The only problem I have is with the dry writing style. It comes off as very technical and academic from time to time. However, given the content, I feel it merits the style, though I wish it had a bit more pizazz to it and didn't read like an academic essay. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Intriguing and well written

A fascinating ans enjoyable short story collection. I was particularly gripped by the story of the man whose wife is killed by a random angelic manifestation, promptly sending her to Heaven. Her husband, who is not a Christian, must then learn to love God so that he can rejoin his wife in heaven when he dies. Unfortunately, he is angry at God for killing his wife, so that is a struggle. It is surreal, comedic, searing, and thoughtful, like most of the stories in this collection. There was one story I really did not enjoy though and it was excessively long, so that brought down my experience a bit. ( )
  Sunyidean | Sep 7, 2021 |
Utterly brilliant speculative fiction of ideas. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
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Were the tower to be laid down across the plain of Shinar, it would be two days' journey to walk from one end to the other.
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The movie Arrival is based on the novella Story of your Life, not this anthology.
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