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Stories of Your Life

Reviewed by Robert J. Sawyer

I selected this book as my favorite book of 2002. The review was first published in The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper in December 2002.
Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang, Tor Books, 288 pages, July 2002, CDN$34.95.

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It's often been said that science fiction works best at shorter lengths. Proving that maxim better than anyone in recent history is Ted Chiang. He's never published a novel, and only has eight short stories to his credit — but what short stories! His first — 1990's "Tower of Babel" — won him the Nebula Award, the SF equivalent of an Oscar. His most recent — 2001's "Hell is the Absence of God" — got him a Hugo, SF's people's choice award. Chiang's entire oeuvre is collected in Stories of Your Life (Tor Books, Cdn$34.95). Chiang is a consummate stylist, and these lyrical tales aren't just great SF; they're great literature.

Robert J. Sawyer, whose latest novel is Hominids (Tor)


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