From the concept of beauty to mathematics and even procreation, Chiang gives a new light to all of these subjects with touches of science fiction and even a bit of fantasy. Most of the other reviews in audible are very positive, but I wouldn't recommend this one. Several are in first person, some are told in a distant, omniscient 3rd person, one is told in a confusing 1st and 2nd person narrative. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret but mostly pleasure , City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. Her quest for knowledge transformed her. There is no back and forth question style here, but more like someone was asked to give their full-length thoughts on something and the story here is that. Quite different from the movie in how it's told and in some of the details, but worked well.
If you don't know his name, let's fix that. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. This is not to say everyone looks like a lemming, rather that the specific node of the brain which registers beauty and ugliness is manipulated, leaving the recognition of physical features intact. In fact, I liked this story for it's rather interesting and almost darkly comical depiction of a real-world Christian God and his angels. 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. When a linguist is brought in to help communicate with them and discern their intentions, her new knowledge of their language and its nonlinear structure allows her to see future events and all the joy and pain they may bring.
In each story of this incredible collection, with sharp intelligence and humor, Ted Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by wonder. As an example: what if you lived in a society where you could modify your mind so you couldn't recognize the pretty or ugly faces. Now, in The Birthday of the World, this gifted artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity. The characters and dialog are well written. Chiang's rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it.
Originally published: New York : Tor, ©2002. The eventual ending is emotional in a way I didn't expect and left me wondering about the implications set up. 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. But overall, this collection of short stories feels satisfying in the sense of each one being standout. This new edition of Ted Chiang's masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, includes his first eight published stories. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. I hope to listen to more narrations by them in the future.
Ted Chiang is so exhilarating, so original, so stylish he just leaves you speechless. But when those people start using others to get it, beware! The premise is solid and instantly believable in today's world of medical breakthroughs, and involves a patient being brought back from a vegetative state with an experimental drug. And indeed, that colors my review just a bit, both overall and also on a number of individual stories in this collection, but more on that later. In the end, the story is not as much about math. The characters are interesting and engading and the plots are wild.
. But when those people start using others to get it, beware! This is less a story and more of a work of speculative, train-of-thought type of story, but it's still very satisfying as a work of fiction. Ted Chiang is so exhilarating, so original, so stylish he just leaves you speechless. First, I bought it after seeing and enjoying the movie. Some are distinctly emotional and colored in vivid emotional tones, some are distant and cold and detached feeling. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder. From the standpoint of spiritual practices, religion, and paranormal experiences, May came from a very unusual background.
With his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and evocative prose. As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease - a force that attacks the very fabric of the past. It's that you haven't yet installed the one belief that changes everything. He has taught workshops on near-death experiences, he has consulted with other experts in the field, and for several years he helped May not only with the writing of the book, but also with the processing of the experience itself. Chiang's rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it.
Every selection save one either nominated for or winning an award, the collection is a superb mix of short stories, novelettes and novellas. For months, Kantor and Twohey had been having confidential discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, learning of disturbing long-buried allegations. As she traverses nocturnal New York with her coterie of coke-addicted friends—and races toward emotional breakdown—the author of Brightness Falls and other acclaimed works of fiction gives us a funny, poignant portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. However, the other short stories in this collection, were kind of odd. MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F.