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Orphic they tend to be If they didn t have green skin or furry faces you would not know they are aliens They are often just money grubbing lusty greedy noble heroic or vain as the human characters and their language tends to be just as translatable into English as Chinese or Italian The aliens in this story are very alien they are beyond comprehension and if you want to speak their language you have to alter your ntire way of looking at the world This story is about than just first contact however it is also about the perception of time fate and predestination Seventy Two Letters Sidewise Award winnerAnother weird story set in a world where golems can be animated when Multichannel Marketing Ecosystems embedded with names This story is about ideas than plot and moves at a stately pace Again not a personal favorite but it is still interesting and not very longThe Evolution of Human ScienceMore like anssay or journal article written in a fictional world than a very short story It is basically about posthumanism and well worth reading and pondering afterwardHell Is the Absence of GodAnother gobsmacking story the fourth one in this short volume A mind blowing fantasy set in a world where angel visitations and miracles are well known and documented facts Religion faith good and Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework evil are portrayed here in an intelligent compassionate and logical manner The mostmotionally charged story in this collection This one will stay with you for the rest of your daysLiking What You See A DocumentaryNot really a documentary but a story about how different our perception may be if we can filter out facial beauty and how lookism is ingrained in our lives Written from multiple viewpoints and partly in journal style for that macro Angels Whiskey effect Anotherxcellent thought Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities experiment This collection of stories is generally very readablerudite fascinating and memorable A book like this is the reason most of us read sff books What we have here is a real sensawunda merchant one of the all time greatsAfter finishing this collection I immediately downloaded and read Chiang s The Lifecycle of Software Objects which the author and publisher have kindly made available to be read online It is also amazing and a must read This is a story of love and the devastating conseuences of realising one s love object is not as perfect as one thoughtThe opening paragraph reads like a maths textbook and the second is set in a psychiatric hospital Don t let ither put you off I married a man with a maths degree and our child is now at university studying theoretical physics that is practically maths but I am primarily a words person This gave me a wonderful peek at the joy that can be found in numbers and patterns theoretical and also physical as well as the psychological risks As a child of seven Renee had been spellbound at discovering the perfect suares in the smooth marble tiles of the floor A single one two rows of two three rows of three the tiles fit together in a suare No matter which side you looked at it from ti came out the same And than that ach suare was bigger than the last by an odd number of tiles It was an piphany The conclusion was necessary it had a rightness to it
CONFIRMED BY THE SMOOTH COOL FEEL by the smooth cool feel the tiles And the way the tiles were fitted together she had shivered at the precision She devoted her life to maths was happy and successful until she made a discovery that was like a theologian proving that there was no God How to find meaning life after that And don t say 42The mathematical ideas relevant to the story were xplained clearly
that I think understood them sufficiently If you want to delve deeper Mark H recommended this though I confess it went above my head For other stories in the collection Stories of Your Life see my review HEREImage source reviewTed Chiang is a technical writer in the software industry as many of the best people are He occasionally publishes short stories a remarkably high proportion of which have won major sci fi awards including 4 Nebulas and 4 Hugos for only 15 works That indicates the uality of what s within these pages but may mislead about the genre content and style Some are set in the far past and the only aliens and space faring are in the title story though there is futuristic technology in most Speculative fiction than sci fi Instead these stories are primarily about inner space and ideas The Day Christ Was Born especially seeking meaning by analysing patterns of language maths and nature That leads to theological and philosophical uestions about goodvil God and what it means to be human and at what point we cease to be such see alsoEnough That I Think
Vonnegut S GalapagosThe Reviewss GalapagosThe reviews individual stories are in spoiler tags for 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set easy scrolling but don t contain spoilersTower of Babylon 4Drilling through the vault of heaven in ancient Babylon view spoiler The first short story in a collection by a supposed sci fi author is set in Old Testament Babylon and features nothing futuristic or alien It almost feels as if it were written in ancient times If you want a label you could use Atwood s speculative fiction or perhaps less appealingly maths fiction The Tower of Babylon has nearly reached the vault of heaven Miners are recruited to drill through so people can know Yahweh better The tower is so high it takes the team around four months of solid climbing dragging tools on cartsThe world building was believably detailed the mythology and psychology almost real Whole communities live at levels on the tower never coming down toarth with ingenious ways of growing food At higher levels the light of day shone upward and plants grow sideways or down At the very top they walk among moving stars and the sight of the vault inspired unease They uestion the theology and conseuences of what they are doing might Yahweh punish their arrogance or be pleased at their aspiration and ndeavour They continue cautiously using ancient techniues of fire setting and simple picks and drills slowly creating huge chambers in the smooth granite vault The dramatic conclusion causes a complete reappraisal of beliefs about God man and their relationship Ultimately By this construction Yahweh s work was indicated and Yahweh s work was concealed Image source for ancient cylinder seal hide spoiler The greatest living short story writer in my humble opinion. What it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty but also by beauty and wonder An award winning collection from one of today's most lauded writer.
Summary ✓ Book, PDF or Kindle PUB ☆ Ted ChiangReading is nothing comprehension is verything Sarah RichardsI read the title short story while away at a conference for technical writers The uote above came from a presentation about transforming the Government Digital Service but the issues of communication context and audience that are at the heart of this story are key to technical writing and had Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America echoes in many of the presentations Perhaps it is no coincidence that Ted Chiang is also a technical writerNote This review is just the title story I ve reviewed the others in this collection HERESame Old Same Old NoAliens arrive They are suitably weird looking radially symmetric with sevenyes and seven limbs on a barrel shaped body topped by a puckered orifice but with no face and no front and back They seem keen to communicate via devices humans nickname looking glasses The military take charge Of course they do That s what always happens Then things The Pocket Wife escalateBut this is different Linguist Dr Louise Banks tells in linear fashion how she and colleagues learned the alien languages But that narrative is interspersed with non chronologicalpisodes from her daughter s lifeThe heptapods spoken and written languages are unrelated to The Color of Our Sky each other and the latter has strange properties that affect Louise s consciousness specifically her perception of time and free will This shapes the telling and curious grammar of her daughter s story I remember past tense what it ll future be like to It is a Borgesian paradoxLinguistic Relativity Sapir WhorfThe story is underpinned by the idea that the structure of a language can affect the cognition of those who use it Linguistic Relativity Heptapod A spoken is relatively straightforward and uninteresting it sounded vaguely like that of a wet dog shaking the water out of its fur But Heptapod B written is very different It is a totally separate language the symbols don t relate to individual spoken words logographic or objects picture writing and there is no word order in part because there are no words as such Heptapod B has its own visual syntax semasiographic akin to mathematicaluations some sign languages and the notation of music or dance It is written in a single smooth sinuous and rippling style that reflects the heptapods own physical movements It s also described as an Escheresue lattice and being like psychedelic posters More significantly it is not seuential This seems to reflect the heptapods modes of thought and it certainly comes to affect Louise s perception of the world and the way she tells the story of her daughter s life China Mieville s sci fi novel Embassytown also features aliens with a totally different sort of language to those known to humans I reviewed it HEREOrwell takes the idea of linguistic relativity to an xtreme with Newspeak making thoughtcrime literally impossible See Nineteen Eighty Four reviewed HEREFermat s Principle of Least TimeFermat Sapir Whorf free will and Heptapod B are intricately connected At times I wondered if the linguistics and mathsphysics was getting too soteric but it didn t uite jump the shark and it all wove together brilliantlyThe detail below is for reference and is spoilered because understanding this is what the story is about on the page though not on screenview spoilerLight travels faster in air than water When a ray of light hits water it is refracted taking a longer but faster route But Fermat s Principle of Least Time is a variational principle light always follows an xtreme path maximum or minimum It describes light in goal oriented terms rather than the familiar causal chronological terms It assumes the ray of light knows its destinationIt s like a lifeguard who can run faster than she can
Swim She Takes A Longer Route That Has Beach Andshe takes a longer route that has beach and sea to get to the drowning person uickly Similarly because Heptapod B has no fixed word order no beginning or nd the heptapod had to know how the Cabaret: A Roman Riddle entire sentence would be laid out before it could write the very first stroke This language is teleological one needed knowledge of theffects before the causes could be initiated The result is simultaneous consciousness where you live in the present like a newborn baby and in the past and future This makes the heptapods
RATHER LIKE VONNEGUT S TRALFAMADORIANS IN SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE REVIEWEDlike Vonnegut s Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse Five reviewed living in all time simultaneouslyFor such beings seuential speech is a slow and inefficient mode And if they already know the future of what they ll say and hear why speak at all Louise infers that heptapod language is performative saying something makes it so like You re under arrest or I now pronounce you man "and wife But if you know the ffects the nd you know the future And if you "wife But if you know the ffects the nd you know the future And if you the future really know it it s fixed so you can t have free will The two are mutually All Roads Lead Home exclusive And yet at thend Louise says view spoiler From the beginning I knew my destination and I chose my route accordingly How could both be true hide spoiler Posted at HeradasTed Chiang s name continually comes up in lists of great short stories He s never written a novel but his short fiction has won nearly very SF award that xists 4 Nebulas 4 Hugos John W Campbell Locus and on and on He s greatly admired among authors and almost ntirely unknown by most readers I ve heard him referenced as an inspiration by several authors that I njoy reading Specifically Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham who collectively write the Expanse series under the pseudonym James S A Corey cite him as the best SF writer I figured I should probably do myself a service and check this collection out After reading it I have to agree that his wr Interfering Gremlin of GR AlertThis review was originally of the anthology Stories of Your Life and Others then recently I wrote a separate review for the individual story Story of Your Life Today I woke up to find GR have merged the two reviews WTF Now it looks super long winded OK I d better reorganize this review a bitReview of the novella Story of Your Life Story of Your Life is one of Ted Chiang s best stories Ted Chiang is one of the greatest sci fi short stories writers The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis ever in many SF readersstimation he has won numerous Hugo and Nebula awards This shortish story novella has been adapted into a into a film called Arrival It is part of Chiang s legendary Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar often presenting characters who must confro. .
Nthology Stories of Your Life and Others Story of Your Life has a twin narrative timelines or plot strands Here is an xample from ach timeline There s no asy way for us to write our own sentences in their language We can t simply cut their sentences into individual words and recombine them we ll have to learn the rules of their script before we can write anything legible It s the same continuity problem we d have had splicing together speech fragments xcept applied to writing It ll be when you first learn to walk that I get daily demonstrations of the asymmetry in our relationship You ll be incessantly running off somewhere and Just Cause each time you walk into a door frame or scrape your knee the pain feels like it s my own The writing of the two timelines not only seems to be from different books but also by different authors One of the timelines deals with the main story arc Aliens are orbiting Earth in their craft for unknown purposes certainly not to invade they initiate communication with humans through mysterious looking glasses devices Neither humans or aliens have any understanding ofach other s language so the military nlists ace linguist Dr Louise Banks to study and somehow learn their languageIt turns out that the radially symmetrical aliens nicknamed heptapods by the humans have separate spoken and written languages called by Louise Heptapod A and Heptapod B respectively The Heptapod B language is based on the aliens perception of time as simultaneous not seuential like how humans perceive it In learning Heptapod B Louise also learns to perceive time as they do The other timeline is a intimate story of Louise s life with her daughter curiously written in second person future tenseThe narrative switches back and forth between the two timelines Diehard sci fi fans are likely to find the business with the aliens interesting than the story of Louise s daughter s life Personally I find both timelines interesting with very different appeals Fans of China Mi ville s xcellent Embassytown will find the linguistic and philosophical xplorations of this story uite fascinating On the philosophical side the story xplores the idea of predestination free will and how these things can affect the key decisions we make in life Story of Your Life was previously legitimately available free to read online or download but I suspect the movie studio has put a stop to that It is a well deserved Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner Ted Chiang is a wonderfully versatile writer he can be rudite technical philosophical or lyrical as the story reuires I also highly recommend that you buy his amazing anthology Stories of Your Life and Others see review further down this page There are mind boggling wonders to be found thereNotesSimilar to how Kurt Vonnegut s Tralfamadorians aliens perceive time in Slaughterhouse Five There are still some great Ted Chiang stories that you can read online or download One is The Lifecycle of Software Objects is a brilliant story that you should not miss Try Googling for others Among other things this story is also a nice tribute to Jorge Luis Borges who is one of Chiang s influences Ted Chiang reveals how Arrival went from page to screen Update Jan 22 2017 The movie Arrival is not too shabby of a Departure than Arrival
But The Changes Arethe changes are The military crisis they added on seems superfluous to me but the general filmgoers may need that kind of tension I don t know I certainly think you would appreciate the movie better after reading Story of Your Life firstuotes I remember once when we ll be driving to the mall to buy some new clothes for you You ll be thirteen It was strange trying to learn a language that had no spoken form Instead of practicing my pronunciation I had taken to sueezing my yes shut and trying to paint semagrams on the insides of my yelids The semagrams seemed to be something than
they were almost mandalas I found myself in a meditative state contemplating the way in which premises and conclusions were interchangeable There was no direction inherent in the way propositions were connected no train of thought moving along a particular route all the components in an act of reasoning were ually powerful all having identical precedence If you want to keep up with the Joneses in the sci fi reading community you will have to read this short story collection Considering he has published less than 50 stories and not a single novel Ted Chiang is one of today s best known sf authors among sf readers this does not make him a household name but he is a force to be reckoned with It is also remarkable how many major sf awards he has won given the relatively small number of stories he has published In other words he is terrific without being prolific Stories of Your Life and Others is the only collection Mr Chiang has published at the time of writing he also has a few other stories published which are not included in this volume Having read this collection it is asy to see why he is so revered among the sf readership All these stories are based on ideas which range from damn clever to ingenious they are all beautifully written and most of them feature well developed characters I will just briefly comment on ach oneTower of Babylon Nebula Award winnerThe collection starts with a wonderful fantasy story that reads like sci fi thanks to the logic mployed Imagine climbing the Biblical Tower of Babel to the very zenith way above the clouds all the way to where you would imagine heaven to be Well you don t have to imagine it Mr Chiang has done it for you with some amazingly visual description and immersive storytellingUnderstandA sort of Flowers for Algernon crossed with the Cronenberg movie Scanners with a literally mind blowing climax It is very intelligently written and fast paced I do wonder if Ted Chiang himself is a recipient of Hormone K therapy his intellect does seem to be superhuman A riveting novella length taleDivision by ZeroObsession with maths can drive you mad Not really my favorite story here but like all the others it is clever and well written short tooStory of Your Life This is my original mini review for this story I m keeping it One thing I hate about aliens on sci fi TV is how goofy and anthropom. Nt sudden change the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens with some sense of normalcy With sharp intelligence and humor Chiang xamines.Language They Were Almost