Arrival

4.27 based on 409 ratings & 89 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 03.11.2016
ISBN: 9781509851171
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Previously published as Stories of Your Life and Others

With his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and evocative prose.

From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the heavens above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality. . .

Chiang's rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it.

In the media

Chiang derides lazy thinking, weasels it out of its hiding place, and leaves it cowering.
Washington Post
Science fiction is a genre that often works well off the page. Spaceships and robots are just as thrilling on screen as in books. But Mr Chiang's approach is irreplaceable. His stories mirror the process of scientific discovery: complex ideas emerge from the measured, methodical accumulation of information until epiphany strikes. . . . The best science fiction inspires awe for the natural properties of the universe; it renders the fundamentals of science poignant and affecting. Mr Chiang's writing manages all of this. He deserves to be more widely read.
The Economist blog
Confirms that blending science and fine art at this length can produce touching works, tales as intimate as our own blood cells, with the structural strength of just-discovered industrial alloys.
Seattle Times