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EBOOK ¹ EPUB Stories of Your Life and Others é 9789600447637 FREE ë Ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους συγγραφείς επιστημονικής φαντασίας μεταφράζεται στα ελληνικά για πρώτη φορά Ο βραβευμένος με τέσΈνας από τους σπουδαιότερους συγγραφείς επιστημονικής φαντασίας μεταφράζεται στα ελληνικά για πρώτη φορά Ο βραβευμένος με τέσσερα βραβεία Hugo και ισάριθμα βραβεία Nebula Ted Chiang παρουσιάζεται στο ελληνικό κοινό με μια συλλογή οχτώ εκπληκτικών διηγημάτων που εξερευνούν τα όρια μεταξύ επιστήμης και θρησκείας ντετερμινισμού και ελεύθερης βούλησης Από το διήγημα «Ο πύργος της Βαβυλώνας» με θέμα ένα τεράστιο κτίσμα που φιλοδοξεί να συνδέσει την επιφάνεια της Γης με τον ουράνιο θόλο έως το διήγημα «Κόλαση είναι η απουσία του Θεού» για έναν κόσμο όπου οι επι? “ Reading is nothing; comprehension is everything” Sarah RichardsI read the title short story while away at a conference for technical writers The uote above came from a presentation about transforming the Government Digital Service but the issues of communication context and audience that are at the heart of this story are key to technical writing and had echoes in many of the presentations Perhaps it is no coincidence that Ted Chiang is also a technical writerNote This review is just the title story I've reviewed the others in this collection HERESame Old Same Old? NoAliens arrive They are suitably weird looking radially symmetric with seven eyes and seven limbs on a barrel shaped body topped by a puckered orifice but with no face and no front and back They seem keen to communicate via devices humans nickname looking glasses The military take charge Of course they do That’s what always happens Then things escalateBut this is different Linguist Dr Louise Banks tells in linear fashion how she and colleagues learned the alien languages But that narrative is interspersed with non chronological episodes from her daughter’s lifeThe heptapods’ spoken and written languages are unrelated to each other and the latter has strange properties that affect Louise’s consciousness specifically her perception of time and free will This shapes the telling and curious grammar of her daughter’s story “I remember past tense what it’ll future be like to” It is a Borgesian paradoxLinguistic Relativity Sapir WhorfThe story is underpinned by the idea that the structure of a language can affect the cognition of those who use it Linguistic Relativity Heptapod A spoken is relatively straightforward and uninteresting; it “sounded vaguely like that of a wet dog shaking the water out of its fur”But Heptapod B written is very different It is a totally separate language the symbols don’t relate to individual spoken words logographic or objects picture writing and there is no word order in part because there are no words as such Heptapod B has its own visual syntax semasiographic akin to mathematical euations some sign languages and the notation of music or dance It is written in a single smooth sinuous and rippling style that reflects the heptapods’ own physical movements It’s also described as an Escheresue lattice and being like psychedelic posters More significantly it is not seuential This seems to reflect the heptapods’ modes of thought and it certainly comes to affect Louise’s perception of the world and the way she tells the story of her daughter’s life China Mieville's sci fi novel Embassytown also features aliens with a totally different sort of language to those known to humans I reviewed it HEREOrwell takes the idea of linguistic relativity to an extreme with Newspeak making “thoughtcrime literally impossible” See Nineteen Eighty Four reviewed HEREFermat’s Principle of Least TimeFermat Sapir Whorf free will and Heptapod B are intricately connected At times I wondered if the linguistics and mathsphysics was getting too esoteric but it didn't uite jump the shark and it all wove together brilliantlyThe detail below is for reference and is spoilered because understanding this is what the story is about on the page though not on screenview spoilerLight travels faster in air than water When a ray of light hits water it is refracted taking a longer but faster route But Fermat’s Principle of Least Time is a variational principle light always follows an extreme path maximum or minimum It describes light in goal oriented terms rather than the familiar causal chronological terms It assumes the ray of light “knows” its destinationIt's like a lifeguard who can run faster than she can swim she takes a longer route that has beach and less sea to get to the drowning person uickly Similarly because Heptapod B has no fixed word order no beginning or end “the heptapod had to know how the entire sentence would be laid out before it could write the very first stroke” This language is teleological “one needed knowledge of the effects before the causes could be initiated” The result is simultaneous consciousness where you live in the present like a newborn baby and in the past and future This makes the heptapods rather like Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse Five reviewed HERE living in all time simultaneouslyFor such beings seuential speech is a slow and inefficient mode And if they already know the future of what they’ll say and hear why speak at all? Louise infers that heptapod language is performative saying something makes it so like “You’re under arrest” or “I now pronounce you man and wife”But if you know the effects the end you know the future And if you know the future really know it it’s fixed so you can’t have free will The two are mutually exclusive And yet at the end Louise says view spoiler“From the beginning I knew my destination and I chose my route accordingly” How could both be true? hide spoiler

TEXT Ì Stories of Your Life and Others Ð Ted Chiang

?κέψεις από αγγέλους αποτελούν ένα μαγευτικό όσο και τρομακτικό κομμάτι της καθημερινότητας η φαντασία του Ted Chiang μας προκαλεί να αμφισβητήσουμε τις παγιωμένες αντιλήψεις μας για το σύμπαν και τη θέση μας σε αυτό Το διήγημα «Η ιστορία της ζωής σου» περιγράφει την άφιξη στη γη μιας ομάδας εξωγήινων που αναγκάζουν έναν Αμερικανό φυσικό και μια Αμερικανίδα γλωσσολόγο να ασχοληθούν με τη μελέτη και την αποκωδικοποίηση της γλώσσας τους βοηθώντας τους δύο επιστήμονες να διερευνήσουν τα όρια της ανθρώπινης γλώσσας και την έννοια του χρόνου Πρόκειται για μ Interfering Gremlin of GR AlertThis review was originally of the anthology Stories of Your Life and Others then recently I wrote a separate review for the individual story Story of Your Life Today I woke up to find GR have merged the two reviews WTF? Now it looks super long winded OK I'd better reorganize this review a bitReview of the novella Story of Your Life Story of Your Life is one of Ted Chiang’s best stories Ted Chiang is one of the greatest sci fi short stories writers ever in many SF readers’ estimation he has won numerous Hugo and Nebula awards This shortish story novella has been adapted into a into a film called Arrival It is part of Chiang’s legendary anthology Stories of Your Life and Others Story of Your Life has a twin narrative timelines or plot strands Here is an example from each timeline “There's no easy way for us to write our own sentences in their language We can't simply cut their sentences into individual words and recombine them; we'll have to learn the rules of their script before we can write anything legible It's the same continuity problem we'd have had splicing together speech fragments except applied to writing” “It'll be when you first learn to walk that I get daily demonstrations of the asymmetry in our relationship You'll be incessantly running off somewhere and each time you walk into a door frame or scrape your knee the pain feels like it's my own”The writing of the two timelines not only seems to be from different books but also by different authors One of the timelines deals with the main story arc Aliens are orbiting Earth in their craft for unknown purposes certainly not to invade they initiate communication with humans through mysterious “looking glasses” devices Neither humans or aliens have any understanding of each other’s language so the military enlists ace linguist Dr Louise Banks to study and somehow learn their languageIt turns out that the “radially symmetrical aliens” nicknamed “heptapods” by the humans have separate spoken and written languages called by Louise Heptapod A and Heptapod B respectively The Heptapod B language is based on the aliens’ perception of time as simultaneous not seuential like how humans perceive it In learning Heptapod B Louise also learns to perceive time as they do The other timeline is a intimate story of Louise’s life with her daughter curiously written in second person future tenseThe narrative switches back and forth between the two timelines Diehard sci fi fans are likely to find the business with the aliens interesting than the story of Louise’s daughter’s life Personally I find both timelines interesting with very different appeals Fans of China Miéville’s excellent Embassytown will find the linguistic and philosophical explorations of this story uite fascinating On the philosophical side the story explores the idea of predestination free will and how these things can affect the key decisions we make in life Story of Your Life was previously legitimately available free to read online or download but I suspect the movie studio has put a stop to that It is a well deserved Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner Ted Chiang is a wonderfully versatile writer he can be erudite technical philosophical or lyrical as the story reuires I also highly recommend that you buy his amazing anthology Stories of Your Life and Others see review further down this page There are mind boggling wonders to be found thereNotesSimilar to how Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians aliens perceive time in Slaughterhouse Five There are still some great Ted Chiang stories that you can read online or download One is The Lifecycle of Software Objects is a brilliant story that you should not miss Try Googling for others• Among other things this story is also a nice tribute to Jorge Luis Borges who is one of Chiang’s influences• Ted Chiang reveals how Arrival went from page to screen• Update Jan 22 2017 The movie Arrival is not too shabby of a Departure than Arrival ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° but the changes are tolerable The military crisis they added on seems superfluous to me but the general filmgoers may need that kind of tension I don’t know I certainly think you would appreciate the movie better after reading “Story of Your Life” firstuotes “I remember once when we'll be driving to the mall to buy some new clothes for you You'll be thirteen”“It was strange trying to learn a language that had no spoken form Instead of practicing my pronunciation I had taken to sueezing my eyes shut and trying to paint semagrams on the insides of my eyelids”“The semagrams seemed to be something than language; they were almost like mandalas I found myself in a meditative state contemplating the way in which premises and conclusions were interchangeable There was no direction inherent in the way propositions were connected no “train of thought” moving along a particular route; all the components in an act of reasoning were eually powerful all having identical precedence” If you want to keep up with the Joneses in the sci fi reading community you will have to read this short story collection Considering he has published less than 50 stories and not a single novel Ted Chiang is one of today's best known sf authors among sf readers this does not make him a household name but he is a force to be reckoned with It is also remarkable how many major sf awards he has won given the relatively small number of stories he has published In other words he is terrific without being prolific Stories of Your Life and Others is the only collection Mr Chiang has published at the time of writing he also has a few other stories published which are not included in this volume Having read this collection it is easy to see why he is so revered among the sf readership All these stories are based on ideas which range from damn clever to ingenious they are all beautifully written and most of them feature well developed characters I will just briefly comment on each oneTower of Babylon Nebula Award winnerThe collection starts with a wonderful fantasy story that reads like sci fi thanks to the logic employed Imagine climbing the Biblical Tower of Babel to the very zenith way above the clouds all the way to where you would imagine heaven to be Well you don't have to imagine it Mr Chiang has done it for you with some amazingly visual description and immersive storytellingUnderstandA sort of Flowers for Algernon crossed with the Cronenberg movie Scanners with a literally mind blowing climax It is very intelligently written and fast paced I do wonder if Ted Chiang himself is a recipient of Hormone K therapy his intellect does seem to be superhuman A riveting novella length taleDivision by ZeroObsession with maths can drive you mad Not really my favorite story here but like all the others it is clever and well written short tooStory of Your Life This is my original mini review for this story I'm keeping it One thing I hate about aliens on sci fi TV is how goofy and anthropomorphic they tend to be If they didn't have green skin or furry faces you would not know they are aliens They are often just money grubbing lusty greedy noble heroic or vain as the human characters and their language tends to be just as translatable into English as Chinese or Italian The aliens in this story are very alien they are beyond comprehension and if you want to speak their language you have to alter your entire way of looking at the world This story is about than just first contact however it is also about the perception of time fate and predestination Seventy Two Letters Sidewise Award winnerAnother weird story set in a world where golems can be animated when embedded with names This story is about ideas than plot and moves at a stately pace Again not a personal favorite but it is still interesting and not very longThe Evolution of Human ScienceMore like an essay or journal article written in a fictional world than a very short story It is basically about posthumanism and well worth reading and pondering afterwardHell Is the Absence of GodAnother gobsmacking story the fourth one in this short volume A mind blowing fantasy set in a world where angel visitations and miracles are well known and documented facts Religion faith good and evil are portrayed here in an intelligent compassionate and logical manner The most emotionally charged story in this collection This one will stay with you for the rest of your daysLiking What You See A DocumentaryNot really a documentary but a story about how different our perception may be if we can filter out facial beauty and how lookism is ingrained in our lives Written from multiple viewpoints and partly in journal style for that macro effect Another excellent thought experiment This collection of stories is generally very readable erudite fascinating and memorable A book like this is the reason most of us read sff books What we have here is a real sensawunda merchant one of the all time greatsAfter finishing this collection I immediately downloaded and read Chiang's The Lifecycle of Software Objects which the author and publisher have kindly made available to be read online It is also amazing and a must read

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Stories of Your Life and Others ια εξαιρετικά πρωτότυπη ιστορία η οποία μεταφέρθηκε στον κινηματογράφο με τον τίτλο Άφιξη σε σκηνοθεσία Denis Villeneuve και πρωταγωνιστές τους Amy Adams Jeremy Renner και Forest Whitaker«Αστραφτερές ιστορίες που σε στοιχειώνουν και σε συνεπαίρνουν Ο Ted Chiang είναι τόσο απολαυστικός πρωτότυπος και στιλίστας ώστε απλώς μένεις άφωνος»Junot DiazΤο βιβλίο περιλαμβάνει τις ιστορίεςΟ Πύργος της Βαβυλώνας Κατάλαβε Διαίρεση με το ΜηδένΗ ιστορία της ζωής σου Εβδομήντα Δύο Γράμματα Η Εξέλιξη της Ανθρώπινης Επιστήμης Κόλαση είναι η απουσία του Θεού Σ' αρέσει αυτό που βλέπεις; ντοκιμαντέ? Loving ImperfectionsIf arithmetic were consistent love could not exist That is to say if arithmetic were undeniably logical in its foundations logic would rule the worild and love would be eliminated as the irrational thing it is This is how I read the moral of Chiang‘s marvellous storyMathematicians tend to view numbers as the natural constituents of the universe existing independently in a Platonic realm of perfection Such a universe is orderly reliable and comprehensible even if it is than occasionally painfulBut the existence of love is overwhelming evidence that the universe is not constructed according to entirely consistent principles Love appears to have no principles It arrives randomly and dissipates the same way Love contradicts itself by denying its own self interest and inherent irrationalityThe existence of love therefore brings into uestion the fundamentals of mathematics even the most basic idea that 112 Love demonstrates that one number can be euivalent to any other number one wishes Love exists in short because arithmetic is inconsistent