Ted Chiang in Conversation with Barbara VanDenburgh
Ted Chiang

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New York Times bestselling author Ted Chiang, winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards—and whose short story “Story of Your Life” was the basis of the film Arrival—gives a brief slideshow presentation and discusses his body of work with former USA Today Books Editor Barbara VanDenburgh. Meet-and-greet booksigning follows.

Co-presented by PHOENIX magazine.



NATIONAL BESTSELLER • ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • Nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories—two published for the very first time—all from the mind of the incomparable author of Stories of Your Life and Others

Tackling some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine, these stories will change the way you think, feel, and see the world. They are Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic, revelatory.

Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.

Stories of Your Life and Others:

From the author of Exhalation, an award-winning short story collection that blends "absorbing storytelling with meditations on the universe, being, time and space ... raises questions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human" (The New York Times).

Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder. An award-winning collection from one of today's most lauded writers, Stories of Your Life and Others is a contemporary classic.

Includes “Story of Your Life”—the basis for the major motion picture Arrival.


Ted Chiang’s fiction has won four Hugo, four Nebula, and six Locus Awards, and his writing has been featured in The New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Short Stories. The title story from his debut collection, Stories of Your Life and Others (Vintage 2016), was adapted into the award winning film Arrival (2017) directed by Denis Villeneuve. His second collection, Exhalation (Knopf 2019), was a national bestseller and one of the “10 Best Books of the Year” according to The New York Times. Recently he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Artificial Intelligence by TIME Magazine. He was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and currently lives near Seattle, Washington.

Exhalation By Ted Chiang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101972083
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

Stories of Your Life and Others By Ted Chiang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101972120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016