Sunday, December 2, 2012

Nic Mathieu to direct Story of Your Life - Dave McNary

"FilmNation and Lava Bear will finance, produce and handle worldwide sales. Heisserer is adapting Ted Chiang's short story in which aliens land around the globe and a linguist is recruited by the U.S. government in a race to decipher the intentions of the aliens on Earth. Chiang's story was the winner of the 2000 Nebula Award for best novella." 3 out of 5

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Occasional Writer: An Interview with Science Fiction Author - Ted Chiang

"Vandana Singh: Your short stories have won all the major awards in science fiction, although at last count there were fifteen stories in just over twenty years. Clearly you value quality above quantity. Can you tell us something about how story ideas first come to you, and how they ultimately become the story? And specifically for your many fans, is there a particular reason why you are not more prolific? Ted Chiang: There’s no one who wishes I were more prolific more than I do. If I could produce stories more quickly, I would, but by now I think it’s safe to say that my rate of production isn’t likely to increase. The fact is, I don’t get a lot of ideas that interest me enough to write a story about them. Writing is hard for me, and an idea has to be really thought-provoking for me to put in the necessary effort. Occasionally I get an idea that sticks in my head for months or years; that tells me there’s something about the idea that’s compelling to me, and I need to figure out precisely what that is. I spend some time brainstorming, looking at it from different angles, and contemplating the different ways I might build a story about it. Eventually I come up with a storyline and an ending, and then I can start writing." 3.5 out of 5

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Lifecycle of Software Objects - Ted Chiang

Best Foreign Short Story: “The Lifecycle of Software Objects”, Ted Chiang, translated by Nozomi Ohmori 4 out of 5

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Clarion Interview - Ted Chiang

"Plus, I would hope that most of a writer’s fiction will not be about her day job."

3 out of 5

Friday, February 3, 2012

Interview: The Lifecycle of Software Objects - Ted Chiang

"Peter Orullian: Let’s get underway by having you give us a snapshot of your work to set the stage for our conversation: genres you write in, recognitions, etc., publishing vitals, if you will.

Ted Chiang: I write science fiction short stories. I have a collection of my stories, STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS, published by Small Beer Press, and I recently had a novella, THE LIFECYCLE OF SOFTWARE OBJECTS, published as a standalone volume by Subterranean Press. As for recognitions, I guess you mean awards? My work has won four Nebulas, four Hugos, and four Locus awards."

4 out of 5