Ted Chiang

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Ted Chiang at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention
Ted Chiang at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention

Ted Chiang (born 1967) is an American speculative fiction writer. He has won a string of prestigious speculative fiction awards for his works, including multiple Hugo and Nebula awards.

Quotes[edit]

Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)[edit]

Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others (anthology), 2002, Tor, ISBN 0-765-30418-X

  • Centuries of their labor would not reveal to them any more of Creation than they already knew. Yet through their endeavor, men would glimpse the unimaginable artistry of Yahweh's work, in seeing how ingeniously the world had been constructed. By this construction, Yahweh's work was indicated, and Yahweh's work was concealed.
  • The universe was a language with a perfectly ambiguous grammar. Every physical event was an utterance that could be parsed in two entirely different ways, one causal and the other teleological.
  • What made it possible for me to exercise freedom of choice also made it impossible to know the future. Conversely, now that I know the future, I would never act contrary to that future. [...] Those who've read the Book of Ages never admit to it.
  • Just as seeing Heaven's light gave him an awareness of God's presence in all things in the mortal plane, so it has made him aware of God's absence in all things in Hell.
  • Contemplate the marvel that is existence, and rejoice that you are able to do so.

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