Ted Chiang

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Ted Chiang
Chiang, Ted (Villarrubia) (cropped).jpg
Chiang in Madrid, Spain, 2011
Born 1967 (age 48–49)
Port Jefferson, New York
Occupation Fiction writer, technical writer
Nationality American
Period 1990–present
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Subject Software
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) won 4 Nebula awards, 4 Hugo awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 4 Locus awards, and others.[1] Critic John Clute has praised Chiang's "tight-hewn and lucid" style, and says Chiang's stories have "a magnetic effect on the reader."[2]


Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York,[3] and graduated from Brown University with a computer science degree. He currently works as a technical writer in the software industry and resides in Bellevue, near Seattle. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion Writers Workshop (1989).[4]


Ted Chiang at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention
Chiang at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention

Although not a prolific author, having published only fourteen short stories, novelettes and novellas as of 2013, Chiang had to that date won a string of prestigious speculative 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[5] 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.[6]

In 2013, his collection of translated stories Die Hölle ist die Abwesenheit Gottes won the German Kurd Lasswitz Preis as best foreign science fiction.

Chiang's first eight stories are collected in Stories of Your Life and Others (1st US hardcover ed: ISBN 0-7653-0418-X; 1st US paperback ed.: ISBN 0-7653-0419-8).[7] His novelette The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate was also published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.





  1. ^ Chiang's awards at ISFDB
  2. ^ Chiang's entry at SF Encyclopedia
  3. ^ "Ted Chiang – Summary Bibliography". The Internet Speculative Fction Database. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "An Interview with Ted Chiang". SF Site. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Locus, 2011 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners (access date August 21, 2011)
  6. ^ www.fantasticmetropolis.com
  7. ^ "Ted Chiang". Indie Bound. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ Chiang, Ted (7 July 2005). "What's Expected Of Us". Nature 436 (7047): 150. doi:10.1038/436150a.  (Paid subscription required.)
  9. ^ "Jeremy Renner Joins Amy Adams in Sci-Fi 'Story of Your Life'". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 March 2015. 

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