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Understand (story)
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Author Ted Chiang
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novelette
Published in Asimov's Science Fiction
Publication type Magazine
Publication date August 1991

"Understand" is a science fiction novelette published in 1991 by Ted Chiang. It was nominated for the 1992 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, and won the 1992 Asimov’s Reader Poll.[1] The story has been recorded by Rashan Stone and broadcast as a four-part series on BBC Radio 7.
[edit] Plot summary

The story follows a man who is given an experimental drug to heal brain damage caused by anoxia after he nearly drowns. The drug regenerates his damaged neurons and has the unintended side effect of vastly improving his intellect and motor skills. As he gets smarter and smarter he is pursued by several government agencies and eventually receives a message from another super-smart test subject.
[edit] Footnotes

1. ^ The LOCUS Index to SF Awards

[edit] External links

* Understand - a novelette by Ted Chiang Read the story online at Infinity Plus.
* Understand by Ted Chiang at - A short review of the story with resources for finding it.

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