A superb collection of short stories that will make you think
This book is a collection of short stories (all but one in this collection have been published previously) from author Ted Chiang. Mr Chiang is a multiple-time winner of the Nebula and Hugo awards, as well as other awards for excellent science fiction and short story writing. Most of the stories in this book are set in the future or in some type of alternate reality. Much like author Le Guin and The Left Hand of Darkness, this isn’t your typical sci-fi or fantasy writing. The blockbuster movie Arrival was based on the title story in this book, The Story of Your Life.
Consciousness – what if there was an alien race that experienced reality and consciousness different from humans? What would that look like and what would it mean?
Faith/Religion – what does true devotion mean and how would we live in a world where the supernatural was an everyday part of life for all?
Scientific progress – what are the potential ramifications that we could face with various advances in technology? What are the possible ethical and moral issues we might encounter if our technology advances faster than our humanity?
I really enjoyed this book and these stories. Not only are they well written, but they also make you think about some part of life/humanity in a new way. I felt this same way when reading Ursula Le Guin. Most of the stories here start with the premise of something along the lines of “what if this one thing was different – how would that change things?” The book is scientific and philosophical without being too heady. Plus, I think that the short story format is a really nice change of pace from reading novels.
Here’s a wiki link to learn more about this book. Here’s a link to the wiki page for author Ted Chiang, since it doesn’t appear that he has a website.