Science Fiction Writer Ted Chiang to Speak at UCR

The award-winning author will read selections of his work on March 4

Ted Chiang

Science fiction writer Ted Chiang will speak at UCR on March 4.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Award-winning science fiction writer Ted Chiang will read selections from his work at the University of California, Riverside on Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Department of English conference room, HMNSS 2212.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $5.

Chiang is the author of the collection “Stories of Your Life and Others,” the novellas “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” and “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” and many short stories. He has won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, four Nebula awards, four Hugo awards, three Locus awards, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Sidewise Award, and a British Science Fiction Association Award.

“Ted Chiang is the premier writer of short fiction in the field today,” said Rob Latham, professor of English and a senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies. “Every story he writes seems to push the borders of the genre further. His work engages with some of the core themes of science fiction — alternate worlds, alien encounters, artificial life forms — but always with a metaphorical twist that gives them fresh literary resonance.”

Chiang’s presentation is sponsored by the UCR departments of English and Creative Writing, and the Center for Ideas and Society Mellon Group on Science Fiction.

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