From a writer’s perspective, Ted Chiang is my favorite Science Fiction writer. His stories are brilliantly crafted and his writing is technically accomplished to the point of perfection. Reading a short story or novella of his, is a breath of fresh air in a genre where much of what is written today is drivel. Chiang’s stories are not ‘light’ entertainment – but stories that force you to think about the topics they tackle. There is both depth to the content and layers to the context.
Chiang has only published twelve short stories/novellas, but he has won every major Science Fiction award. That’s saying something! If you are not already familiar with his work and enjoy well-written Science Fiction, then pick up a collection of his stories ‘Stories of Your Life and Others’ and prepare to be awed.