Friday, May 21, 2010

Wikipedia - Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention
Born 1967
Occupation Writer, technical writer
Nationality American
Period 1990—Present
Notable work(s) "Tower of Babylon" (1990)
"Story of Your Life" (1998)
Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)

Ted Chiang (born 1967) is an American speculative fiction writer. He was born in Port Jefferson, New York 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, Washington. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion Writers Workshop (1989).

Although not a prolific author, having published only eleven short stories as of 2009, Chiang has to 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 Memorial 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), and a British Science Fiction Association Award, a Locus Award, and the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for "Exhalation" (2009).

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. [1]

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). His novelette The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate was also published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

In a recent interview (May 19, 2008) [2], Chiang mentioned that he is currently writing a couple of new stories, with one being a novella that explores the theme of artificial intelligence. The novella is titled The Lifecycle of Software Objects and will be published by Subterranean Press in July 2010. [3]
List of works
"Tower of Babylon" (Omni, 1990) (Nebula Award winner)
"Division by Zero" (Full Spectrum 3, 1991)
"Understand" (Asimov's, 1991)
"Story of Your Life" (Starlight 2, 1998) (Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner)
"The Evolution of Human Science" (a.k.a. "Catching Crumbs from the Table") (Nature, 2000)
"Seventy-Two Letters" (Vanishing Acts, 2000) (Sidewise Award winner)
"Hell Is the Absence of God" (Starlight 3, 2001) (Hugo Award, Locus Award and Nebula Award winner)
"Liking What You See: A Documentary" (Stories of Your Life and Others, 2002)
"What's Expected Of Us" (Nature, 2006)
The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate (Subterranean Press, 2007 and F&SF, 9/07) (Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award winner)
"Exhalation" (Eclipse 2, 2008) (BSFA winner, Locus Award for Short Story, 2009 Hugo Award winner)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects (Subterranean Press, July 2010)
Stories of Your Life and Others (Tor, 2002) (Locus Award for Best Collection)
External links Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang: Science, Language, and Magic Interview in the August 2002 issue of Locus Magazine
Review of his collection Stories of Your Life and Others, review by Jo Walton
Interview conducted by
Interview conducted by Rani Graff.
Interview conducted by Lou Anders.
Interview conducted by Gavin J. Grant.
Ted Chiang at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Ted Chiang's online fiction at Free Speculative Fiction Online
Hidenori Watanave's illustrations for Ted Chiang (Hayakawa S-F magazine)

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