Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Compelling recommendation for the sci-fi short story stylings of Ted Chiang.

This isn't your grandfather's science fiction | MetaFilter:
Ted Chiang is perhaps the finest author in contemporary science fiction -- and the most rarefied. A technical writer by trade and a graduate of the distinguished Clarion Writers Workshop, Chiang has published only twelve short stories in the last twenty years, one dozen masterpieces of the genre whose insightful, precise, often poetic language confronts fundamental ideas -- intelligence, consciousness, the nature of God -- and thrusts them into a dazzling new light.
I've not read any myself, just noting this for future reference. "[T]he Nature of God" bit makes me skeptical, of course, but my curiosity is piqued.
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