The Internet Book List - Spread the word

Book Information: Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) [Collection]
by Ted Chiang Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (5 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: None (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

What if men built a tower from Earth to Heaven-and broke through to Heaven's other side? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there were a science of naming things that calls life into being from inanimate matter? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were literally true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into fiery pits were a routine event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang.


  • Tower of Babylon
  • Understand
  • Division by Zero
  • Story of Your Life
  • Seventy-two Letters
  • The Evolution of Human Science
  • Hell Is the Absence of God
  • Liking What You See: A Documentary
  • Story Notes

Original title: Stories of Your Life and Others
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Tower of Babylon (1990) [Short Story]
      Author: Ted Chiang
     Division by Zero (1991) [Short Story]
      Author: Ted Chiang
     Understand (1991) [Short Story]
      Author: Ted Chiang
     Story of Your Life (1998) [Novella]
      Author: Ted Chiang
     Hell Is the Absence of God (2001) [Novelette]
      Author: Ted Chiang
     Liking What You See: A Documentary (2002) [Short Story]
      Author: Ted Chiang

Edition #1: Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Rarely does a new voice stand out as quickly and forcefully as Ted Chiang's. He takes a novel's worth of ideas, wit, vivid images, and rare insights - and packs them into stories that you can carry in your pocket taking them out again and again for the sheer pleasure of it" David Brin
  • "This marvellous collection by one of science fiction's most thoughtful and graceful writers belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in literary science fiction... Full of remarkable ideas and unforgettable moments"
  • "Here's one of the first must-read books of the year... Chiang's stories are audacious, challanging and moving. They resemble the work of a less metaphysical Philip K Dick or a Borges with more characterisation and a grasp of cutting-edge science." Publishers Weekly
  • "He puts the science back in science fiction - brilliantly" Booklist
  • "It has often been said that the short story is the heart of SF. On the evidence of Chiang's first collection, the genre heart is beating strongly and in a very healthy state indeed." Vector
  • "Astonishing beauty and power... Chiang is among the most remarkable new talents to emerge in SF in years" Locus
  • "The qualities for which Ted Chiang is well known - conceptual originality and dazzling clarity, for starters - are shown throughout" Foundation
  • "Sheer originality... a remarkable collection. Every story amply repays the investment put into reading it" Interzone
  • "You have to read a story by Ted Chiang. You will not be able to find your way out until he has finished. It is a most extraordinary felling" Science Fiction Weekly
Search at Amazon!

Search at Powells!

Search at AbeBooks!

Manifested in:

Stories of Your Life and Others (2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 1405041021
Pages: 288

Add to my library

Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 076530418X
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 1.2 in
Pages: 336

Add to my library

©Steven Jeffery /, 2017
Terms of Use