What Does a Techie Turned Writer Say in His Sci-fi Stories?


 

Ted Chiang is an American born Chinese writer , a technical writer in a software company, who has never written a novel, meandered through short stories and novellas and yet won multiple awards for his works. His telling centres around science fiction. 

Chiang’s parents migrated from China to Taiwan with their families during the Communist revolution and then to America.

His 1998 novella, Story of my Life, was made into a Hollywood film, Arrival,  in 2002 . Both the review and the movie were given a “10 out of 10” in the Kirkus Review. It’s major themes being language and determinism, the story is spun out by a linguist called Dr Loius Banks who has an unborn child in her womb and faces aliens. The novella has won numerous awards and accolades.

Now, Picador is bringing out Chiang’s second collection of stories called Exhalation. In their advance publicity for this, they say, “In the world of the science-fiction short story Chiang’s work is legendary. Now is the time for the rest of us to discover his unique imagination.” 

Read more about his new collection of short stories in Guardian’s Book of the day.

 

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