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Stories of Your Life
Reviewed by Robert J. Sawyer
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.
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