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Omphalos said in May 25th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

This was not my favorite Ted Chiang story. I found it too meticulous, and way too subtle.

Rusty said in May 26th, 2009 at 9:35 pm


While I can definitely see your point of view (I mentioned above that this story may not be for everyone) I must disagree. I quite liked the meticulous and subtle nature of the story… but I am a big Ted Chiang fan so my view may be tinted. 🙂

Have you liked any of his other stories?

scatterbrain said in May 27th, 2009 at 11:43 am

Considering the other nominations, this will win the Hugo straight up, I promise you now.

omphalos said in June 5th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I absolutely love Chiang. Ive written a ton about him.


Ive said many times that he and David Marusek are my two favorite modern, productive authors. Which is why I was so disappointed with this story. He is usually meticulous, but something was missing this time. IMHO the story was interesting, but there was nothing bigger at the end then I encountered as I went through it. It was missing that big punch of deep meaning that I find so often in Chiang’s work.