Arrival Arrives & Ted “Theodore” Chiang

Meant to post about this when the trailers came out a while back. Definitely looks super-interesting, a cross between Torchwood: Children Of Earth and ST:TNG – Darmok, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. The main draw for me is the fact it’s based on a story by modern shortform sci-fi superstar Ted Chiang (’98sStory Of Your Life” in case you’re wondering).

I’ve only sampled a couple of his stories, but can recommend multi-award-winning 2001 novelette Hell Is The Absence Of God, at least to those who can stomach a) the religious angle and b) the heretical one. It’s effectively a more-quotidian Neon Genesis Evangelion episode featuring comparable ineffable angelic excessions, or perhaps merely a simple conceit taken to its logical conclusion. The PodCastle audio version of this story is how I first encountered Chiang and is definitely recommended.

A cruel angel’s thesis!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. acidbearboy says:

    did you watch this?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. stevenger says:

      Duuude! Did we ever! It’s one of the few times I’ve successfully rumbled up a proper posse to see a film at The Pictures. Was an excellent watch, proper slow social sci-fi and (not to be a snob about it) I was proper chuffed at how much everyone else who came enjoyed it. Da22‘s brother-in-law was talking about some of Kim Stanley Robinson’s writings either then or the next time we caught up and I was like “Woah, crouching tiger hidden quality sci-fi nerd!”

      Retrolechuck missed it, but otherwise don’t be afraid to spoil away in comment or new post form. Made me think of (a lot of things including) Torchwood’s mini-series done right.


    2. stevenger says:

      My favourite word is “proper” 😉


      1. acidbearboy says:

        I’ll add it to my watch list.


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