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Celebrated science fiction author Ted Chiang presents an exciting collection of his first eight published stories. This audiobook includes "Story of Your Life," the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival.

Full Synopsis
This new edition of Ted Chiang's masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, includes his first eight published stories. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore's cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers listeners the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar.

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. 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. A clever pastiche of news reports and interviews chronicles a college's initiative to "turn off" the human ability to recognize beauty in "Liking What You See: A Documentary." With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.

"Chiang writes seldom, but his almost unfathomably wonderful stories tick away with the precision of a Swiss watch-and explode in your awareness with shocking, devastating force." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"The first must-read SF book of the year." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"[Chiang] puts the science back in science fiction-brilliantly." ---Booklist Starred Review

"Stories are narrated by Todd McLaren and Abby Craden, whose low-key readings suit the meticulous and dignified language. VERDICT Fans of Michael Swanwick will appreciate Chiang's style." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

"The narrative provided by McLaren and Craden in alternating stories is first-rate, with each performance delivered at the perfect pace and in a tone consistent with the puzzlement and sense of wonder behind these appealing stories." ---Booklist Audio Review
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Stories of Your Life and Others

Author Ted Chiang

Narrated by Abby Craden, Todd McLaren

Publication date Feb 10, 2014

Running time 10 hrs 23 min

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