Monday, June 28, 2010

Ted Chiang vs Tor Publishing - Mark Baumgartner

"Now Chiang is working with boutique presses that are willing to offer him creative control such as Subterranean Press, which is allowing the author to control the full packaging of Lifestyle. Asked about his bold move to risk mainstream appeal for artistic vision, Chiang is clear that he considers the move a no-brainer.

“When you’ve been told to fuck off as definitively as I have,” he says, “it is no longer such a bold move. I think the really bold move would be if someone were embraced by New York publishing and then they rejected it.”"


4 out of 5

http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/issues/eastside/2010/07/ted-chiang-vs-tor-publishing

Friday, June 18, 2010

Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Novella

Number of words : 17700
Percent of complex words : 16.0
Average syllables per word : 1.7
Average words per sentence : 14.4


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 12.2
Flesch : 52.7
Flesch-Kincaid : 9.5





PEOPLE

Robert Stratton

A maker of automata through new methods.

Victoria

The queen.

Master Trevalyn

Robert's teacher.

Langdale, Thorburn, Halliwell

Fellow pupils.

Lionel

Robert's friend.

Harold Willoughby

Master Sculptor First-Degree.

Davies

In the employ of Lord Fieldhurst.

Edward Maitland

Lord Fieldhurst, third earl of Fieldhurst and a noted zoologist and comparative anatomist.

Nicholas Ashbourne

A lecturer at Trinity when Stratton was studying there.

Dubuisson and Gille

Parisian naturalists.

Holcombe, Milburn, and Parker

Leading nomenclators.

Benjamin Roth

A kabbalist.


ORGANISATIONS

Chartists

A guild.

Brotherhood of Sculptors

A guild.

Royal Society

English scientific group.

Académie des Sciences

French scientific group.

Trinity College

At Cambridge University.


TECHNOLOGY

Dolls

Robert's favorite clay toy as a kid.

Megafoetus

Grown automata, that can be used for labour.

Homunculi

Can be grown from foetuses.

Doctor Sedgewick’s Polarising Tablets!

Snake oil medicine.



CONCEPTS

Doctrine of names

As all things are reflections of God, so are all names reflections of the divine name.

True name

That name which reflects the divine name in the same manner as the object reflects God.

Nomenclature

The science of naming.

Namenmeister

German nocmenclature practitioner.

Catastrophists

Hold that violent upheavals caused species to become extinct.

Euonym

One of several true names.

Ontogenic

Developmental, of an organism.




PLACES

British Museum

Where Robert met Lionel.

Lambeth

Where Coade Manufactory was located.

Darrington Hall

Fieldhurst's home.

Coade Manufactory

Where automata are created.

Crimea

A republic of the Ukraine.


MEDIA

A Boy's Guide to Nomenclature

A tome for the young.

Sefer Yezirah, Eleazar of Worms’ Sodei Razayya, Abulafia’s Hayyei ha-Olam ha-Ba

Kabbalistic tomes.

Llull’s Ars Magna, Agrippa’s De Occulta Philosophia, Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica

Alphabetical manipulation tomes.

Der Zauberlehrling

The ballad where the broomsticks carry water buckets and run amuck.


RACES

Lapps

People from Lapland.

Hottentots

Khoikhoi Africans.


PLOT

In this work where naming science rules, Robert has made a breakthrough in the creation of automata from megafoetal methods. His work brings him to attention of an earl and a group of sciences working on the problem that humans are nearing the end of their genetic life. Within a few generations they will no longer be able to reproduce, without a breakthrough. They need his help.

His work with labor saving creations doesn't please the unions. An assassin is sent after him one night, but Davies saves him from this fate. A kabbalist is killed prior, and Robert has a realisation that he can combine some of his concepts with his own work to make names that will be passed on via human reproduction, and people will be able to control their own. Something that will not please his current conservative colleagues.


3.5 out of 5

http://web.archive.org/web/20010802144026/http://www.tor.com/72ltrs.html

Hottentots : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Khoikhoi Africans.


3 out of 5

Lapps : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

People from Lapland.


3 out of 5

Der Zauberlehrling : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

The ballad where the broomsticks carry water buckets and run amuck.


3 out of 5

Llull’s Ars Magna, Agrippa’s De Occulta Philosophia, Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Alphabetical manipulation tomes.


3 out of 5

Sefer Yezirah, Eleazar of Worms’ Sodei Razayya, Abulafia’s Hayyei ha-Olam ha-Ba : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Kabbalistic tomes.

3.5 out of 5

A Boy's Guide to Nomenclature : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

A tome for the young.


3.5 out of 5

Crimea : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

A republic of the Ukraine.


3 out of 5

Coade Manufactory : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Where automata are created.


4 out of 5

Darrington Hall : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Fieldhurst's home.


4 out of 5

British Museum : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Where Robert met Lionel.


4 out of 5

Ontogenic : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Developmental, of an organism.


3 out of 5

Lambeth : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Where Coade Manufactory was located.


3 out of 5

Euonym : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

One of several true names.


4 out of 5

Catastrophists : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Hold that violent upheavals caused species to become extinct.


3.5 out of 5

Namenmeister : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

German nocmenclature practitioner.


3 out of 5

True name : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

That name which reflects the divine name in the same manner as the object reflects God.


3.5 out of 5

Nomenclature : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

The science of naming.


4 out of 5

Doctrine of names : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

As all things are reflections of God, so are all names reflections of the divine name.


3.5 out of 5

Doctor Sedgewick’s Polarising Tablets! : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Snake oil medicine.


3 out of 5

Homunculi : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Can be grown from foetuses.


3.5 out of 5




Technorati : , ,

Megafoetus : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Grown automata, that can be used for labour.


4 out of 5





Dolls : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Robert's favorite clay toy as a kid.


3.5 out of 5





Académie des Sciences : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

French scientific group.


3 out of 5

Royal Society : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

English scientific group.


3 out of 5

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Brotherhood of Sculptors : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

A guild.


3.5 out of 5

Chartists : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

A guild.


3 out of 5

Benjamin Roth : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

A kabbalist.


3 out of 5

Holcombe, Milburn, and Parker : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Leading nomenclators.


3 out of 5

Dubuisson and Gille : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Parisian naturalists.


3 out of 5

Nicholas Ashbourne : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

A lecturer at Trinity when Stratton was studying there.


3.5 out of 5

Edward Maitland : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Lord Fieldhurst, third earl of Fieldhurst and a noted zoologist and comparative anatomist.


3.5 out of 5

Davies : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

In the employ of Lord Fieldhurst.


3.5 out of 5

Harold Willoughby : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Master Sculptor First-Degree.


3 out of 5

Lionel : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Robert's friend.


3.5 out of 5

Langdale, Thorburn, Halliwell : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Fellow pupils.


3 out of 5

Master Trevalyn : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

Robert's teacher.


3 out of 5

Victoria : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

The queen.


3 out of 5

Robert Stratton : Seventy-two Letters - Ted Chiang

A maker of automata through new methods.


4 out of 5

Gallery Bibliography - Ted Chiang

At this link :- http://picasaweb.google.com/aussievamp2/TedChiangOlogy?feat=directlink

Ted Chiang (ology)




4.5 out of 5

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Novelette

Number of words : 12800
Percent of complex words : 12.7
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Average words per sentence : 17.3


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 12.9
Flesch : 57.3
Flesch-Kincaid : 9.6



PEOPLE

Tamera Lyons

A first year student at Pembleton and a user of calliagnosia.

Maria deSouza

Third-year student, President of the Students for Equality Everywhere (SEE).

Joseph Weingartner

A neurologist and calliagnosia expert.

Richard Hamill

Founder of the Saybrook School.

Rachel Lyons

Tamera's mother.

Martin Lyons

Tamera's father.

Ina

Tamera's roommate.

Jeff Winthrop

Third-year student at Pembleton. Hired to be anti-calli.

Adesh Singh

Third-year student at Pembleton.

Walter Lambert

President of the National Calliagnosia Association.

Annika Lindstrom

A second-year student who likes being blokes looking at her.

Jolene Carter

A third-year student.

Garrett

Tamera's ex-boyfriend.

Warren Davidson

A 1st-year student that tried calli.

Alex Bibescu

Professor of religious studies at Pembleton.

Anton

A Pemberton teaching assistant of Tamera's.

Daniel Taglia

Professor of comparative literature at Pembleton.

Marc Esposito

Fourth-year student at Waterston College. Would never go calli.

Cathy Minami

Thinks calli is anti-feminist.

Lawrence Sutton

Fourth-year student. Likes calli making advertising less annoying.

Lori Harber

Third-year student at Maxwell College. Radical ugly.

Ellen Hutchinson

Professor of sociology at Pembleton.

Rebecca Boyer

Spokesperson for People for Ethical Nanomedicine.

Winston Churchill

English politician.

Martin Luther King

American Civil rights activist.



ORGANISATIONS

Pembleton University

Tertiary education institution considering a calli initiative.

Saybrook School

The high school Tamera went to, for calliagnostics.

Students for Equality Everywhere

SEE. A social justice group.

American College Network

University television.

Wyatt/Hayes

Dodgy PR firm for the cosmetics industry.

SemioTech Warriors

Culture-jamming group responsible for lots of media vandalism.

National Calliagnosia Association

An advocacy group.

NeoMind Buddhists

A pro calliagnosia sect.

Northrop

A university.

People for Ethical Nanomedicine

A lobbyist front.


CONCEPTS

Code of Ethical Conduct

At Pembleton, some rules for students.

Calliagnosia

A neurological condition meaning no aesthetic reaction to the people see.

Prosopagnosia

Inability to recognise faces.


TECHNOLOGY

Spex

Wearable computing.

Visage

Software that, through spex shows you what people would look like with cosmetic surgery.

Neurostat

Procedure for controlling seizures. Helped with developing calliagnosia.

Dermatology computer virus

Alters broadcasts so that people exhibit conditions such as acne and varicose veins.

Jouissance

A shampoo.


MEDIA

EduNews

A university current affairs program.


PLOT

Tamera is a student whose parents chose calliagnosia for. This is a condition where you are not affected by how people look. When she goes to university the students there consider all trying it, and holding an election over the issue.

Tamera is also a very good looking girl, and her less than ordinary looking high school boyfriend left her. She has her calli turned off for a while, and thinks if she talks to him, and he does, he might want to get together again, because of her looks.

Lobbyist for the cosmetics industry try to thwart it, for obvious greedy reasons. Other people are naturally opposed, but the lobbyist group goes Max Headroom, using technology to enhance the appeal of their spokeswoman, when their message is aired. This appears like it will lead to a technological arms race between media used in that way, and the public.


4 out of 5

EduNews : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A university current affairs program.


3.5 out of 5

Jouissance : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A shampoo.


3 out of 5

Dermatology computer virus : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Alters broadcasts so that people exhibit conditions such as acne and varicose veins.


3.5 out of 5

Neurostat : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Procedure for controlling seizures. Helped with developing calliagnosia.


4 out of 5

Visage : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Software that, through spex shows you what people would look like with cosmetic surgery.


3 out of 5

Spex : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Wearable computing.


4 out of 5

Prosopagnosia : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Inability to recognise faces.


4 out of 5

Calliagnosia : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A neurological condition meaning no aesthetic reaction to the people see.


4 out of 5

Code of Ethical Conduct : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

At Pembleton, some rules for students.


3 out of 5

People for Ethical Nanomedicine : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A lobbyist front.


4 out of 5

Northrop : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A university.


3 out of 5

NeoMind Buddhists : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A pro calliagnosia sect.


3 out of 5

National Calliagnosia Association : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

An advocacy group.


3 out of 5

SemioTech Warriors : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Culture-jamming group responsible for lots of media vandalism.


3.5 out of 5

Wyatt/Hayes : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Dodgy PR firm for the cosmetics industry.


3.5 out of 5

American College Network : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

University television.


3 out of 5

Students for Equality Everywhere : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

SEE. A social justice group.


3.5 out of 5

Saybrook School : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

The high school Tamera went to, for calliagnostics.


3.5 out of 5

Pembleton University : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Tertiary education institution considering a calli initiative.


4 out of 5

Martin Luther King : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

American Civil rights activist.


3 out of 5

Winston Churchill : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

English politician.


3 out of 5

Rebecca Boyer : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Spokesperson for People for Ethical Nanomedicine.


3 out of 5

Ellen Hutchinson : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Professor of sociology at Pembleton.


3 out of 5

Lori Harber : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Third-year student at Maxwell College. Radical ugly.


3 out of 5

Lawrence Sutton : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Fourth-year student. Likes calli making advertising less annoying.


3 out of 5

Cathy Minami : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Thinks calli is anti-feminist.


3 out of 5

Marc Esposito : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Fourth-year student at Waterston College. Would never go calli.


3 out of 5

Daniel Taglia : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Professor of comparative literature at Pembleton.


3 out of 5

Anton : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A Pemberton teaching assistant of Tamera's.


3 out of 5

Alex Bibescu : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Professor of religious studies at Pembleton.


3 out of 5

Warren Davidson : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A 1st-year student that tried calli.


3 out of 5

Garrett : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Tamera's ex-boyfriend.


3.5 out of 5

Jolene Carter : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A third-year student.


3 out of 5

Annika Lindstrom : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A second-year student who likes being blokes looking at her.


3 out of 5

Walter Lambert : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

President of the National Calliagnosia Association.


3 out of 5

Adesh Singh : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Third-year student at Pembleton.


3 out of 5

Jeff Winthrop : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Third-year student at Pembleton. Hired to be anti-calli.


3 out of 5

Ina : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Tamera's roommate.


3.5 out of 5

Martin Lyons : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Tamera's father.


3 out of 5

Rachel Lyons : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Tamera's mother.


3 out of 5

Richard Hamill : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Founder of the Saybrook School.


3 out of 5

Joseph Weingartner : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A neurologist and calliagnosia expert.


3.5 out of 5

Maria deSouza : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

Third-year student, President of the Students for Equality Everywhere (SEE).


3 out of 5

Tamera Lyons : Liking What You See: A Documentary - Ted Chiang

A first year student at Pembleton and a user of calliagnosia.


4 out of 5

Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Novelette

Number of words : 11000
Percent of complex words : 13.3
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Number of sentences : 490
Average words per sentence : 22.4


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 14.3
Flesch : 52.9
Flesch-Kincaid : 11.4



PEOPLE

Neil Fisk

Born with a congenital abnormality not caused by God.

Sarah Fish

Neil's wife, killed by the angel Nathanael.

Nathanael

An angel.

Janice Reilly

Deformed in the womb by the angel Bardiel.

Bardiel

An angel.

Ethan Mead

Visited by the angel Rashiel.

Rashiel

An angel.

Claire Mead

Ethan's wife.

Robin Pearson

Lost her husband to cancer, saw him via Hell.

Makatiel

An angel.

Phil Soames

One of the visitation support group.

Benny Vasquez

Lost his eyes via Heaven's light.

Barry Larsen

Executed serial rapist and murderer who went to Heaven.


PLACES

Heaven

Where God hangs out.

Hell

The opposite of Heaven.


CONCEPTS

EMT

Emergency Medical Technician.



PLOT

The story follows three people and their experiences after angelic visitations in a world where Heaven and Hell are literally true and observable. Visitations can cause deformity and disaster.

While seeking to view Heaven's Light the paths of all three cross again and finding what they seek changes them yet again, with their discoveries. "God is not just, God is not kind, God is not merciful, and understanding that is essential to true devotion."


3.5 out of 5

http://media.rawvoice.com/podcastle/media.libsyn.com/media/podcastle/PC040_HellIsTheAbsenceOfGod.mp3

EMT : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Emergency Medical Technician.


3 out of 5

Hell : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

The opposite of Heaven.


4 out of 5

Heaven : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Where God hangs out.


4 out of 5

Barry Larsen : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Executed serial rapist and murderer who went to Heaven.


3 out of 5

Phil Soames : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

One of the visitation support group.


3 out of 5

Makatiel : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

An angel.


3 out of 5

Robin Pearson : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Lost her husband to cancer, saw him via Hell.


3 out of 5

Claire Mead : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Ethan's wife.


3.5 out of 5

Rashiel : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

An angel.


3 out of 5

Ethan Mead : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Visited by the angel Rashiel.


4 out of 5

Bardiel : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

An angel.


3 out of 5

Janice Reilly : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Deformed in the womb by the angel Bardiel.


4 out of 5

Nathanael : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

An angel.


3 out of 5

Sarah Fish : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Neil's wife, killed by the angel Nathanael.


3.5 out of 5

Neil Fisk : Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

Born with a congenital abnormality not caused by God.


4 out of 5

Monday, June 14, 2010

Historia twojego zycia - Ted Chiang

http://www.katedra.nast.pl/literatura/okladki/historia_twojego_zycia-small.jpg

A Polish edition :-

Zbiór zawiera opowiadania:

"Historia twojego życia" Nebula, SFinks

"Piekło to nieobecność Boga" Hugo, Nebula

"Wieża Babilonu" Nebula

"Siedemdziesiąt dwie litery"

"Dzielenie przez zero"

"Ewolucja ludzkiej nauki"

"Co ma cieszyć oczy"

"Zrozum"


4 out of 5

La historia de tu vida - Ted Chiang

Ilustración y rótulo de cubierta: Alejandro Terán


4 out of 5


http://www.bibliopolis.org/graficos/editorial/bibliofan/historiavida_gr.jpg

Science, Language, and Magic - Ted Chiang

An excerpt from an interview in the August 2002 Locus:


3 out of 5

http://www.locusmag.com/2002/Issue08/Chiang.html

Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Short Story

Number of words : 6600
Percent of complex words : 15.5
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Average words per sentence : 25.7


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 16.5
Flesch : 44.6
Flesch-Kincaid : 13.4




PEOPLE

Unnamed Scientist

Fearless self-experimenter for truth.


TECHNOLOGY

Lungs

Refillable with air and necessary for life.

Air dispenser

Used for filling lungs.

Argon

A gas, otherwise known as air.

Cognition engine

In the brain.

Lattices

In the brain.

Cerebal regulators

Preserve the ability to operate with reducing air.


PLACES

Filling station

Where you can use air dispensers.


CONCEPTS

Horologists

Measurers of time.

Anatomists

Studiers of the body.



ORGANISATIONS

Reversalists

Group with flawed theory about fixing the air problem.


PLOT

After noticing flawed measurements of time, a researcher sets out to auto-dissect his own brain, to see if he can find out what is going on. These are literally a somewhat a mechanical people, it seems, so he has some success.

He discovers that their world, or universe, is running short of the air they need to survive, and eventually they will all slow down and freeze. However, he realises that the air they lose here may give life to others, elsewhere.


5 out of 5

http://escapepod.org/2009/04/10/ep194-exhalation/

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/Exhalation%20-%20Ted%20Chiang.html

Reversalists : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Group with flawed theory about fixing the air problem.


4 out of 5

Anatomists : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Studiers of the body.


4 out of 5

Horologists : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Measurers of time.


3.5 out of 5

Filling station : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Where you can use air dispensers.


4 out of 5

Cerebal regulators : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Preserve the ability to operate with reducing air.


4 out of 5

Lattices : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

In the brain.


4 out of 5

Cognition engine : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

In the brain.


4 out of 5

Argon : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

A gas, otherwise known as air.


4 out of 5

Air dispenser : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Used for filling lungs.


4 out of 5

Lungs : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Refillable with air and necessary for life.


4 out of 5

Unnamed Scientist : Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Fearless self-experimenter for truth.


4 out of 5

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Short Story

Number of words : 5500
Percent of complex words : 13.1
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 12.5


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 10.3
Flesch : 63.4
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.5




PEOPLE

Renee Norwood

A mathematics prodigy and professor, and attempter of suicide.

Carl Norwood

A fellow patient of experience and her husband.

Mrs Rivas

Ward manipulator.

Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead

Wrote the Principia Mathematica.

Von Neumann

A mathematician.

Laura

Carl met her in hospital.

Peter Fabrisi

Colleague of Renee's.

David Hilbert

A mathematician.

Callahan

A Berkeley mathematician Renee consults with.

Kurt Godel

A mathematician. Demonstrated two theorems in 1931.

Gerhard Gentzen

Provided a proof of the consistency of arithmetic.

Marlene and Anne

Carl's friends.


MEDIA

Principia Mathematica

Treatise on the subject.

Marine Biology

A scientific journal.


ORGANISATIONS

Second International Congress of Mathematics in 1900

Conference on the same. David Hilbert listed what he considered to be the twenty-three most important unsolved problems of mathematics.


PLACES

Edinburgh

City in Scotland.


PLOT

Renee and Carl are married suicide survivors. Renee is also a genius mathematician. It seems she has proved arithmetic is inconsistent. Her colleagues and peers have found no holes in her work. This is not doing good things for her mental state.

Carl has found he no longer loves this Renee, but is torn whether to tell her or not in the midst of this crisis.


4 out of 5

http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/division/full/

Edinburgh : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

City in Scotland.


3 out of 5

Second International Congress of Mathematics in 1900 : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Conference on the same. David Hilbert listed what he considered to be the twenty-three most important unsolved problems of mathematics.


3.5 out of 5

Marine Biology : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

A scientific journal.


3 out of 5

Principia Mathematica : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Treatise on the subject.


3.5 out of 5

Marlene and Anne : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Carl's friends.


3 out of 5

Gerhard Gentzen : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Provided a proof of the consistency of arithmetic.


3 out of 5

Kurt Godel : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

A mathematician. Demonstrated two theorems in 1931.


3 out of 5

Callahan : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

A Berkeley mathematician Renee consults with.


3.5 out of 5

David Hilbert : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

A mathematician.


3 out of 5

Peter Fabrisi : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Colleague of Renee's.


3 out of 5

Laura : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Carl met her in hospital.


3 out of 5

Von Neumann : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

A mathematician.


3 out of 5

Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Wrote the Principia Mathematica.


3 out of 5

Mrs Rivas : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

Ward manipulator.


3 out of 5

Carl Norwood : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

A fellow patient of experience and her husband.


4 out of 5

Renee Norwood : Division By Zero - Ted Chiang

A mathematics prodigy and professor, and attempter of suicide.


4 out of 5

Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Vignette

Number of words : 770
Percent of complex words : 25.2
Average syllables per word : 1.9
Average words per sentence : 28.6


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 21.5
Flesch : 14.8
Flesch-Kincaid : 18.3



PEOPLE

Humphries

Histocompatibility genetics expert.

Sugimoto

A gene therapist.


TECHNOLOGY

Digital neural transfer

Information access method.

ExaCollider

Physics research machine.


PLACES

Gobi desert

Covering part of Southern Mongolia.


CONCEPTS

Neurogenesis

Process by which neurons are made, particularly before birth.

Textual hermenutics

Interpreting metahuman science.



RACES

Metahumans

Modified humans.


PLOT

Written in academic scientific style, discussing the worth of whether humans should try and analyse the intellectual achievements of metahumans.


3.5 out of 5

Metahumans : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Modified humans.


3.5 out of 5

Neurogenesis : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Process by which neurons are made, particularly before birth.


3.5 out of 5

Gobi desert : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Covering part of Southern Mongolia.


3 out of 5

ExaCollider : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Physics research machine.


3 out of 5

Textual hermenutics : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Interpreting metahuman science.


4 out of 5

Digital neural transfer : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Information access method.


4 out of 5

Sugimoto : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

A gene therapist.


3 out of 5

Humphries : Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Histocompatibility genetics expert.


3 out of 5

Small Beer Press - Ted Chiang

"Working back from January 2011, we’re exceedlingly happy to announce that this October we will bring Ted Chiang’s first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, back into print. The title story alone is a knockout and then there are those seven other stories, which together have received a ton of awards and make this one of the strongest collections ever published.

Stories of Your Life and Others has been out of print for a couple of years so we are very excited to bring it back. Don’t go paying $100 for it now, wait until October and pay $16!"


5 out of 5

http://smallbeerpress.com/not-a-journal/2010/01/28/stories-of-your-life/

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hell Is the Absence of God - Ted Chiang

"It was an unexceptional visitation, smaller in magnitude than most but no different in kind, bringing blessings to some and disaster to others. In this instance the angel was Nathanael, making an appearance in a downtown shopping district. Four miracle cures were effected: the elimination of carcinomas in two individuals, the regeneration of the spinal cord in a paraplegic, and the restoration of sight to a recently blinded person. There were also two miracles that were not cures: a delivery van, whose driver had fainted at the sight of the angel, was halted before it could overrun a busy sidewalk; another man was caught in a shaft of Heaven's light when the angel departed, erasing his eyes but ensuring his devotion."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b4145/?si=0