Commentary: Where are all the Ted Chiang audiobooks?

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Ted Chiang (portrait by Arturo Villarrubia)

Ted Chiang, perhaps the greatest living Science Fiction writer, has very little of his excellent fiction (a dozen stories, novellettes and novellas) available in the audio format. That is a bitter, bitter shame. It is my hope this post will help change that.

Lamentably, no Ted Chiang audiobooks have ever been commercially released. There are, however, several podcast sources for readings and the BBC commissioned an unabridged recording of Understand (which has been occasionally rebroadcast).

Below is a chart detailing all of Ted Chiang’s published fiction.

Audio (YES/NO):Title:Original Publication:MP3: – Audio Publisher:Notes:

NoTower Of Babylon – Omni, November 1990 – novelette
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NoDivision By ZeroFull Spectrum 3 (1991) – short story

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YesUnderstand – Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, August 1991 – BBC Radio 7 – occasionally rebroadcast on BBCR7, read by Rashan Stone, novelette

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NoStory Of Your LifeStarlight 2, (1998) – novella

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NoThe Evolution Of Human Science (aka Catching Crumbs From The Table) – Nature, June 1, 2000 – short story

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NoSeventy-Two LettersVanishing Acts (2000) – novella

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YesHell Is The Absence Of GodStarlight 3 (2001) – |MP3| – Podcastle – read by James Trimarco, bad sound quality, novelette

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NoLiking What You See: A DocumentaryStories of Your Life and Others (2002) – novelette

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YesWhat’s Expected Of Us – Nature, July 5, 2005 – |MP3| – StarShip Sofa – read by Julie Davis, short story

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YesThe Merchant And The Alchemist’s Gate – Subterranean Press (2007) – StarShip Sofa – |MP3| – read by J.J. Campanella, novelette

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YesExhalationEclipse 2, 2008 – |MP3| or |MP3| – StarShip Sofa / Escape Pod – read by Ray Sizemore, short story

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NoThe Lifecycle of Software Objects – Subterranean Press (2010) – novella

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3 thoughts to “Commentary: Where are all the Ted Chiang audiobooks?”

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  2. I don’t know if anyone will see this, but! I have been listening to Ted Chiang’s collection “Stories of Your Life and Others” which was released yesterday by Tantor Audio. It doesn’t have “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” (obviously, this is Chiang’s 2002 collection, and “Lifecycle” is from 2010) and it’s really fantastically well done. Hope Tantor goes on to “Lifecycle” sometime as a short standalone, or collecting the stories since “Stories”.

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