is perhaps the finest author in contemporary science fiction -- and the most rarefied.
A technical writer by trade and a graduate of the distinguished Clarion Writers Workshop
, Chiang has published only twelve short stories in the last twenty years, one dozen masterpieces of the genre whose insightful, precise, often poetic language confronts fundamental ideas -- intelligence, consciousness, the nature of God -- and thrusts them into a dazzling new light.
Click inside for a complete listing of Chiang's work, with links to online reprints or audio recordings where available, as well as a collection of one-on-one interviews, links to his nonfiction essays, and a few other related sites and articles.Short Stories
"Tower of Babylon"
(1990) - A Bronze Age laborer joins the construction of an impossibly high structure on a mission to breach the vaults of Heaven. Nebula Award (Best Novelette).
"Division by Zero"
(1991) - A brilliant mathematician wrestles with the consequences of her earthshattering proof.
(1991) [.mp3 1 2 3 4]
- An experimental treatment bestows a regular person with superintelligence, propelling him into a dangerous series of mindgames.
"Story of Your Life"
(1998) - A talented linguist reflects on her life as she struggles to grasp the meaning of an alien language. Nebula Award (Best Novella).
"The Evolution of Human Science"
(2000) - Scientists despond as their mentally-augmented descendants leave them in the dust.
(2000) - In a world where mystical scrolls impart animating power, a shocking discovery threatens to upend society.
"Hell is the Absence of God"
(2001) [full .mp3]
- An unbeliever struggles with the question of faith when God is scientific fact and angels routinely visit the earth. Hugo, Locus, Nebula Awards (Best Novelette).
"Liking What You See: A Documentary"
(2002) - A documentary examines people's reactions to a technology that allows one to see others without bias or judgment. Chiang declined a Hugo nomination.
"What's Expected of Us"
(2006) [full .mp3]
- A simple time machine undermines the concept of free will, with disastrous consequences.
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate"
(2007) [full .mp3]
- An ancient alchemist introduces a traveling merchant to a mysterious time-traveling gateway. Hugo, Nebula Awards (Best Novelette).
(2009) [full .mp3]
- A non-human scholar relates the dissection of his own brain, and the implications his discoveries hold for his curious clockwork universe. Locus, Hugo Awards (Best Short Story).
"The Lifecycle of Software Objects"
(2010) - The relationship between people and their creations are explored in a near-future world of sentient AI.
- discussing the background and inspiration for selected stories from the original print run of his book collection (contains some spoilers).
"The Problem of the Traveling Salesman"
(2008) and "The Big Idea"
(2010), via Mefi's Own jscalzi
(2002) - Locus
(2002) - Infinityplus
(2002) - Fantastic Metropolis
(2003) - Nebula Awards
(2008) - IndieBound
(2008) - StarShipSofa podcast
(2009) - BoingBoing
(2010), discussed previously
- A feature piece on Chiang's latest work by City Arts
"Ted Chiang vs. Tor Publishing"
- A companion piece on Chiang's creative struggle with Tor and his move to boutique publishing.
Ted Chiang (ology)
- A fan blog dedicated to documenting characters, defining terms, and cataloging statistical information from Chiang's stories.