4 Bubble Teas, Review, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Ted Chiang, Tor Books

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang


Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Published by Tor Books on July 5th, 2002

Genres: Science Fiction, Short Stories

Pages: 281


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“Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it and welcome every moment.”

Another book finished for #AsianReadathon!

This short story collection satisfied challenge #4 for the readathon, which was to read a book recommended by an Asian person. But I’d first heard about this book from the internet. I’d just gotten home from watching Arrival in theaters and I was doing my usual “I must know everything about this movie because I LOVED IT” routine.

In Stories of Your Life and Others, Chiang’s extraordinary (in all senses of the word!), mind-bending, and original sci-fi stories are collected. Chiang revisits old myths, explores beliefs of religion and the fundamentals of math, and what happens when an alien language forever changes our perception of time.

IMG_4062I’m a novice when it comes to science fiction. I do enjoy reading it, but I find the genre to be very intimidating. But after reading Chiang’s collection of stories, I’m motivated to explore the genre some more!

Whenever I review short story collections, I always come to the same conclusion: Liked some stories, didn’t like some stories.

And until now that’s been true. But this time I actually thoroughly enjoyed all the stories.

Did some jump out at me more than others? Yes! But I didn’t end up hating any of the stories. But what really surprised me after I finished the collection was that I felt like every story held its own. The story didn’t end abruptly, I understood these characters and their motivations, and nothing was left unexplored.

My problem with science fiction is that sometimes the story gets caught up in the “science” part. It’s a lot of showing and explaining why this book belongs in the science fiction genre. Character development often gets lost in that.


I think what made me love this short story collection was the fact that you can’t ignore these characters.

You easily become invested in their lives through the course of only a few pages.

The two stories that illustrate this the most are: “Story of Your Life” (the one Arrival is based on) and “Liking What You See: A Documentary.”

I think what Chiang does best is illustrated in these two stories. He talks about very human experiences in a surreal world.

It’s not a coincidence that these two stories were my favourite out of the bunch! I highly recommend that you read these two stories out of the collection because I know you won’t be able to stop thinking about them after!


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