Questions tagged [ted-chiang]

For questions about the American science fiction writer Ted Chiang. Always use in conjunction with the works tag.

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Does Ted Chiang's Omphalos hide a second, less obvious meaning?

This is my first question and I must admit I haven't put much effort in making sure it is on-topic for the community, but I felt this was the right place to ask. I've read about the 2019 short story ...
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What does the world of of Ted Chiang's “Tower of Babylon” actually look like?

Can someone visually explain the world from the 'Tower of Babylon' story? Where does the sun go at night if the world is a cylinder? Is the sun outside/inside of the cylinder or on the same level as ...
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Geometry of Ted Chiang's Tower of Babylon

In his "Tower of Babylon" story, Ted Chiang describes his square tower having two "intertwined" and recessed ramps, one going up, the other going down. He said that: The upward ...
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Length of a cubit in Ted Chiang's Tower of Babylon

My question is about the length of the cubit in Ted Chiang's "Tower of Babylon" story. The ancient cubit was, give or take, 20 inches. In his "Tower of Babylon," Ted Chiang describes the tower's ...
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What does “Louise's principle of least closet space” mean in Ted Chiang's “Story of your life”?

A linguist noted this principle in Ted Chiang's novella "Story of Your Life", during a discussion about Fermat's principle of least time. I am not a native English-speaker and I have not found any ...
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Best way to stay informed on an author without much of a web presence?

I am a Ted Chiang fan and I find it quite frustrating that he has no website, no Twitter account, no Facebook account etc. What is the best way to stay in touch with the man and his work short of ...