Ted Chiang Books

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Ted Chiang is an American author that writes short stories and novellas in the science fiction genre. His parents are Chinese. During the Communist Revolution, they fled to Taiwan before finally immigrating to the United States. They met during their graduate studies. Though, their marriage did not last.

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Order of Ted Chiang Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Tower of Babylon (Short Story) 1990 Description / Buy
2 Understand (in Asimov's) (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
3 Story of Your Life (in Stories of Your Life and Others) (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
4 Seventy-Two Letters (in Vanishing Acts) (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy
5 Hell Is the Absence of God 2001 Description / Buy
6 The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
7 The Lifecycle of Software Objects 2010 Description / Buy
8 The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
9 The Great Silence (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
10 Omphalos (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
11 Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Ted Chiang Short Story Collections

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1 Stories of Your Life and Others / Arrival 2002 Description / Buy
2 Exhalation 2019 Description / Buy

Ted Chiang Anthologies

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1 Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1991 1991 Description / Buy
2 Starlight 2 1998 Description / Buy
3 Year's Best SF 4 1999 Description / Buy
4 Vanishing Acts 2000 Description / Buy
5 Nebula Awards 35 (2001) 2001 Description / Buy
6 Starlight 3 2001 Description / Buy
7 Supermen 2002 Description / Buy
8 I premi Hugo 2002 2003 Description / Buy
9 The Hard SF Renaissance 2003 Description / Buy
10 Year's Best SF 11 2006 Description / Buy
11 Feeling Very Strange 2006 Description / Buy
12 The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 1 2007 Description / Buy
13 The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy 2008 Description / Buy
14 The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 21 2008 Description / Buy
15 Twenty-First Annual Collection 2008 Description / Buy
16 Year's Best SF 14 2009 Description / Buy
17 Lightspeed Magazine, December 2012 2012 Description / Buy
18 The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May/June 2016 2016 Description / Buy
19 Lightspeed Magazine, July 2016 2016 Description / Buy
20 Edited By 2020 Description / Buy
21 Nebula Awards Showcase 55 2021 Description / Buy
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Born in Port Jefferson in New York, Chiang attended Brown University. He graduated with a degree in computer science. Quite a bit of his time is spent doing technical writing work. Though, fiction is an important part of his life. The author was still in high school went he started submitting stories to magazines.

He joined the Clarion Writers Workshop to hone his skills in the late 1980s. The first story he ever sold was ‘The Tower of Babylon’. It was published in a science magazine called ‘Omni’ and it paved the way for the author’s writing success down the line.

The people that have met the author call him a simple but complicated man. He is hesitant to delve into his personal life and how it has affected his writing. But the people who have read his work agree that he is one of the greatest science fiction writers of his generation.

He is a slow speaker, the kind that considers every single word carefully before speaking it. This is why those that have interviewed him often require multiple sessions to pry any meaningful revelations from him. Ted Chiang doesn’t easily volunteer information, and when he does, it leaves his listeners pondering because there is so much depth to his ideas.

However, no one has ever accused him of being cold and calculating. If anything, his interviewers always laud him for being warm and amiable. Everyone agrees that the easiest way to pry the author’s mind open is to broach the subject of science fiction.

Chiang gives science fiction far more thought than most people. However, he is more interested in the concepts behind the stories in the genre than he is the people. His books make an effort to bring his characters’ emotions to the forefront but those people are not the primary focus.

Chiang’s stories investigate the ideas at the heart of science because this approach allows him to ask philosophical questions that reveal the state of human nature and the place mankind has in the universe. In a way, the author’s stories are about people. But they generally emphasize the whole rather than the individual.

The fact that he has won dozen of awards has never stopped the author from pursuing his work as a technical writer that creates reference materials for programmers. In fact, he was working for a tech company (Microsoft) when he met Marcia, his long-term partner. She was an interface designer before she decided to give her life to photography.

Even though Ted Chiang has numerous short stories and novellas in his bibliography, he describes himself as an occasional writer. He doesn’t get quite as many ideas for stories as people think. And when he does stumble upon an idea, it takes him a long time to transform it into a written story. He is as careful with his writing as he is with his speech.

Ted Chiang Awards

Chiang has won numerous accolades over the course of his career, including the Nebula Award, Hugo Award, and BSFA Award.

Ted Chiang Books into Movies

‘Story of Your Life’, Chiang’s short story, became a live-action movie called ‘Arrival’ in 2016. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Best Ted Chiang Books

Chiang’s writing style has been described as magnetic by his fans, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

Stories of Your Life and Others: This collection of stories asks some difficult questions. It wonders what would happen if people broke through the ceiling of the earth to discover heaven on the other side and how people would react if the fundamental beliefs of Christianity were not only true but manifested tangibly on the streets every single day.

Lifecycle of Software Objects: People have spent decades wondering what it would take to build an operational AI system. Ted Chiang attempts to provide a fictional blueprint. This novella follows two characters as they create and then attempt to nurture AI systems.

When Does The Next Ted Chiang book come out?

Ted Chiang doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom and was released on May, 8th 2019. It is the newest book in the Ted Chiang Short Stories/Novellas.


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