Stories of Your Life and Others

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Stories of Your Life and Others
AuthorTed Chiang
Original titleStories of Your Life and Others
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherTor Books
Publication date
July 2002
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages333 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN0-7653-0418-X (first edition, hardback)

Stories of Your Life and Others is a collection of short stories by American writer Ted Chiang[1] originally published in 2002 by Tor Books.[2] It collects Chiang's first eight stories. All of the stories except "Liking What You See: A Documentary" were previously published individually elsewhere.

It was reprinted in 2016 as Arrival to coincide with the adaptation of "Story of Your Life" as the film Arrival.[3][4] Chiang's second collection, Exhalation: Stories was released in 2019.[5]



Reviewing the book at the SF Site, Greg L. Johnson said that this collection shows why Chiang's stories continue to win awards. Johnson wrote that "it will not take readers new to these stories very long to appreciate their quality and beauty".[6] He added that science fiction relies on short fiction writers to "examine new ideas and push the boundaries of the field", and Chiang has demonstrated he is "more than up to that task".[6]

English fantasy author China Miéville wrote in a review in The Guardian that Chiang's stories in this collection "unfold with a logic that is ineluctable and compassionate". Here "humanism is inextricable from rationalism", and "it is the rationalism of the characters – and the writer – that makes them emotional and human". Miéville further said that despite the extensive use of mathematics, physics and language in the stories, they are infused with a "profound humanism" that makes "the most abstruse philosophical conjectures ... resonant and emotional".[7]

The Guardian ranked Stories of Your Life and Others No. 80 in its list of 100 Best Books of the 21st Century.[8]


  1. ^ "Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang". Goodreads. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ "LIBRIS – Stories of your life and others". Libris. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  3. ^ "ARRIVAL (STORIES OF YOUR LIFE MTI)". Chapters-Indigo. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ Ted Chiang (2016). Arrival: originally published as – Stories Of Your Life And Others. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0525433675.
  5. ^ "Exhalation: Stories". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Greg L. (2004). "Stories of Your Life and Others". SF Site. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Miéville, China (April 24, 2004). "Stories of Your Life". The Guardian. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  8. ^ "The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century". The Guardian. 21 September 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.

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