Arrival :: Story of Your Life

by Volker Weber

Arrival promises to be an intelligent movie, even though they added all this global war nonsense to an intelligent story. I have read thousand of SciFi short stories and books throughout my life -- see, you don't know everything about me -- and Ted Chiang's "The Story of Your Life" is among the best. Just read this senctence:

"I'd love to tell you the story of this evening, the night you're conceived, but the right time to do that would be when you're ready to have children of your own, and we'll never get that chance."

There is something odd, isn't it? She knows something about the future. Just a few pages later:

"He and I will drive out together to perform the identification, a long silent car ride. I remember the morgue, all tile and stainless steel, the hum of refrigeration and smell of antiseptic."

What would you do, if you knew the story of your life?

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It's available for Kindle or iBooks. And it contains more than this one story. Strangely enough, Googling the story returns a PDF on the first page.

Comments

Can't wait to see this movie. An added bonus is that Denis Villeneuve is a fellow Canadian (Province of Quebec, actually), and it will be a kind of preview to how he treats scifi stories, and maybe a glimpse of what Blade Runner 2 might look like... or not :)

Ben Dubuc, 2016-08-18

Strange with the first tweet I found a book to be published… Kind enough Volker sends the link to the downloadable one…
Thank you!

Michael Renner , 2016-08-18

Thanks Volker! In addition to your recommendation, it has a very high rating on Goodreads. Added to my library ebook queue. :-D

Amy Blumenfield, 2016-08-18

An excellent read - many thanks for the links

David Eyre, 2016-08-18

Thanks a lot for this recommendation! I did the easy part: Buying the book. Now the more difficult part needs to follow: reading it ;-)

Markus Dierker, 2016-08-19

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