Chiang in Madrid, Spain, 2011
|Born||1967 (age 49–50)
Port Jefferson, New York
|Occupation||Fiction writer, technical writer|
|Genre||Science fiction, fantasy|
|Notable works||Tower of Babylon (1990)
Story of Your Life (1998)
Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)
Ted Chiang (born 1967) is an American science fiction writer. His Chinese name is Chiang Feng-nan (姜峯楠).
Chiang's short fiction works have (as of 2013[update]) won four Nebula awards, four Hugo awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, four Locus awards, and others. Critic John Clute has praised Chiang's "tight-hewn and lucid" style and says Chiang's stories have "a magnetic effect on the reader."
Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York. Both of his parents were born in China, but moved to Taiwan with their families during the Communist Revolution before immigrating to the United States. He graduated from Brown University with a computer science degree and in 1989 graduated from the Clarion Writers Workshop. He currently works as a technical writer in the software industry and resides in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle.
Although not a prolific author, having published only 15 short stories, novelettes, and novellas as of 2015[update], Chiang had to that date won a string of prestigious science fiction awards for his works: a Nebula Award for "Tower of Babylon" (1990); the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992; a Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award for "Story of Your Life" (1998); a Sidewise Award for "Seventy-Two Letters" (2000); a Nebula Award, Locus Award, and Hugo Award for his novelette Hell Is the Absence of God (2002); a Nebula and Hugo Award for his novelette "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" (2007); a British Science Fiction Association Award, a Locus Award, and the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for "Exhalation" (2009); a Hugo Award and Locus Award for his novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects (2010).
Chiang turned down a Hugo nomination for his short story "Liking What You See: A Documentary" in 2003, on the grounds that the story was rushed due to editorial pressure and did not turn out as he had really wanted.
In 2013, his collection of translated stories Die Hölle ist die Abwesenheit Gottes won the German Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for best foreign science fiction.
Chiang's first eight stories are collected in Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) His novelette The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate (2007) was also published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
"The Great Silence", Chiang's latest story, was selected for inclusion in the prestigious The Best American Short Stories anthology for 2016; this is a rare honor for stories and authors that fall under the science fiction, fantasy or horror genre umbrellas.
- "Tower of Babylon," Omni, 1990 (Nebula Award winner)
- "Division by Zero," Full Spectrum 3, 1991 (available online)
- "Understand," Asimov's Science Fiction, 1991 (available online)
- "Story of Your Life," Starlight 2, 1998 (Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award and Seiun Award winner)
- "The Evolution of Human Science" (a.k.a. "Catching Crumbs from the Table"), Nature, 2000 (available online)
- "Seventy-Two Letters," Vanishing Acts, 2000 (Sidewise Award winner) (available online)
- "Hell Is the Absence of God," Starlight 3, 2001 (Hugo Award, Locus Award, Nebula Award and Seiun Award winner)
- "Liking What You See: A Documentary," Stories of Your Life and Others, 2002
- "What's Expected Of Us," Nature, 2005
- The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, Subterranean Press, 2007 and F&SF, Sept. 2007 (Nebula Award, Hugo Award and Seiun Award winner (available online)
- "Exhalation," Eclipse 2, 2008 (BSFA, Locus Award, and Hugo Award winner)(available online)
- The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Subterranean Press, July 2010 (Locus Award, Hugo Award and Seiun Award winner) (available online)
- "Dacey's Patent Automatic Nanny," The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (ed. by Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer) June 2011
- The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling, Subterranean Press Magazine, August 2013 (available online)
- "The Great Silence," e-flux Journal, May 2015 (Included in The Best American Short Stories, 2016) (available online)
- The film adaptation of Story of Your Life, titled Arrival, released in 2016, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and from an adapted script by Eric Heisserer.
Chiang was an instructor at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego in 2012 and 2016.
- Chiang's awards at ISFDB
- Chiang's entry at SF Encyclopedia
- "Ted Chiang – Summary Bibliography". The Internet Speculative Fction Database. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- Rothman, Joshua (January 5, 2017). "Ted Chiang's Soulful Science Fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- "An Interview with Ted Chiang". SF Site. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- "2011 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners". Locus. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
- "Chiang". fantasticmetropolis.com.
- Chiang, Ted. Stories of Your Life and Others (1st US hardcover ed.). Tor. ISBN 0-7653-0418-X.
- "Ted Chiang". Indie Bound. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- Chiang, Ted (7 July 2005). "What's Expected Of Us". Nature. 436 (7047): 150. doi:10.1038/436150a. (available online)- Paid subscription required.)
- "Jeremy Renner Joins Amy Adams in Sci-Fi 'Story of Your Life'". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 March 2015.
- "Clarion at UC San Diego Graduates and Instructors". Clarion. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
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