Stories of Your Life and Others
Contemporary science fiction at its best
By William Wetherall
First posted 23 September 2006
Last updated 23 September 2006
I read just enough science fiction to remind me that some of the finest writers are working in this often misunderstood genre. I, too, have been guilty of judging the genre by the often very unscientific fiction that fill the paperback racks at stores today.
Ted Chiang goes back to the roots of the genre to explore a cornucopia of fascinating intellectual and social issues in crisp, elegant prose that approaches pure literature, rich in show and practically free of tell.
To be continued.
There are eight stories in this anthology.
In "Story Notes" at the end, Chiang relates what inspired him to write each of the stories -- a fascinating insight into the workings of the mind of a writer who has the touch.