Ted Chiang (source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorow/1283502265/sizes/l/)TED CHIANG (1967 – ) An American Science Fiction writer. Despite a slow pace of publication, having had only 10 short stories up to 2008, Chiang has to date won a seemingly endless string of acclaim and awards for his fiction. He is the winner of a Nebula Award (for Tower of Babylon), the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (for Story of Your Life), a Sidewise Award for (Seventy-Two Letters), a Nebula Award, Locus Award and Hugo Award for his novelette Hell Is the Absence of God. A Nebula and Hugo Award for his novelette The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate. When asked why he hasn’t written any novels Ted Chiang responds by saying that novels are ‘best for telling stories about a character over time, whereas short stories are more about ideas.’ Chiang describes himself as an “idea man.” He’s most interested in the ideas that Science Fiction offers, and that, “short fiction is the best way to explore a single idea.”



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Podcast Fiction:

StarShipSofaThe Merchant And The Alchemist’s Gate
By Ted Chiang; Read by James Campanella
Podcaster: StarShipSofa
Podcast: March 2008
Time travel, Ted Chiang, and a terrific narrator. These three combine into an absolutely unmissable listen. A wonderful SF novelette it conjures a 1,001 Nights-like atmosphere with a By His Bootstraps story-logic. Winner of the 2008 Hugo Award for “Best Novellete.”

PodcastleHell Is The Absence Of God
By Ted Chiang; Read by James Trimarco
1 |MP3| – Approx. [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Podcastle
Podcast: February 2009
Winner of the 2002 Hugo Award for “Best Novellete.”

By Ted Chiang; Read by Ray Sizemore
Podcaster: StarShipSofa
Podcast: February 2009
An evocative story of an all-metal world, its argon-breathing inhabitants, and a scientist who performs the ultimate self-examination. First Appeared In: Eclipse Two. Nominated for a BSFA.

StarShipSofaWhat’s Expected Of Us
By Ted Chiang; Read by Julie Davis
1 |MP3| – Approx. 4 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: StarShipSofa Aural Delights
Podcast: August 13th 2008
Story starts at 4 Minutes, 40 Seconds.

Commercial Audiobooks:

Fantasy The Best of 2001 The Best of 2001 Fantasy
Edited by Karen Haber and Robert Silverberg; Read by Harlan Ellison and Ursula K. Le Guin
6 Cassettes – Approx. 9 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Audio Literature (Fantastic Audio)
Published: Spring 2002
ISBN: 1574535013
This release features edgy new stories by hot new talents, and old favorites from Poul Anderson and Ursula K. Le Guin. Silverberg and Haber say it best: “The present anthology is intended to show reach and range as it is demonstrated nowadays in the shorter forms of fiction.” You will find very little that is formulaic here, although we have not ignored any of fantasy’s great traditions. There are stories set in the familiar quasi-medieval worlds to which modern readers are accustomed, and others rooted in the authentic myth-constructs of high antiquity, and several that depend for their power on the juxtaposition of fantastic situations and terribly contemporary aspects of modern life on Earth. There are philosophical and theological speculations. There is even one science-fiction story — although one that carries scientific thinking to a fantastic extreme — by way of showing that science-fiction, rather than being a genre apart, is simply one of the many branches of fantasy literature. These stories — which we think are the best short fantasies published in 2001 — are reassuring proof of fantasy’s eternal power even in this technological age.


BBC Radio 7 - Understand by Ted ChiangUnderstand
By Ted Chiang; Read by Rashan Stone
4 half-hour segments – Approx. 2 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 7
Broadcast: ??? 2006? and September 2006, July 2007
Leon is a former coma victim, who has gone experimental medical treatment to repair the massive trauma his brain recieved after he was trapped under ice for more than an hour. He’s regained consciousness, found he has all of his faculties back and a whole lot more. In the tradition of Daniel Keyes’ Flowers For Algernon. Originally published in “Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine” in 1991.


StarShipSofaInterview with Ted Chiang
Interviewed by Tony Smith
1 |MP3| – Approx. 39 Minutes [INTERVIEW]
Podcaster: StarShipSofa
Podcast: May 2008

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