Luke Burrage is struggling with Ted Chiang’s stories in this review. But his review is an interesting struggle. I got something different from Chiang’s stories and tend to like what Burrage doesn’t. What do you think?
Yes. I also think Luke likes action rather than the mental thought type of sci-fi; Ted Chiang is almost entirely in the mind. But such mental spaces Chiang takes us to. Chiang’s work brought me back to sci-fi…I had mostly given up on it ever being interesting again.
I think Ted Chiang has written the best short stories I have read in years. (I’ve only read “Stories of Your Life and Others”, and heard the Starship Sofa stuff – Merchant of Alchemist’s Gate and Exhalation).
Exhalation was engrossing. Chiang’s comment about it “I wanted to write a story where science was the hero, not scientists” gave me a new way of understanding sf.
And “Hell is the absence of God” I found fascinating. I’m not sure I agree with it and my uncertainty comes from the fact that I’m not sure I understand it and *that’s* why I think it’s a great story. Plenty to talk about for sure.