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The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

Postby Omphalos » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:43 pm

I read this one a bit ago, and I remember thinking that it was not as strong as his other stuff. But Chiang is, in case you haven't been paying attention, one of my very favorite authors. So to say that it is not his best is a far cry from saying its not good. This one WON a Nebula and was nominated for a Hugo. If you have not read this author before you should give him a try. Send me a PM if you like it and I can hook you up with two or three other stories.
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Postby SandChigger » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:58 pm

(This one won a Nebula. ;) )

I've got some things by him waiting in my SF wishlist on Amazon. All things in time.... :)
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:44 am

SandChigger wrote:(This one won a Nebula. ;) )

I've got some things by him waiting in my SF wishlist on Amazon. All things in time.... :)


Whatever. :roll: :wink:
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:53 am

:wink:

Ooor, aren't we the tetchy one today. :)
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:35 am

With you and Star Dust ganging up on poor ole' me, what else am I supposed to do?
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:49 pm

Oh, bubba baby! I'm not ganging up on you with that mean ole nasty Star Dust! I'm just...gently tweeking you, to get you to express your full potential. A big guy like you, you must be full of something, and I prefer to think of it as potential! :lol:

What Chiang do you recommend for a beginner, btw?

(And how do you pronounce the name? From the way it's spelled, which looks like Wade-Giles, I'd say "Jang", Jiang in PinYin. ;) )
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Postby Omphalos » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:25 am

SandChigger wrote:Oh, bubba baby! I'm not ganging up on you with that mean ole nasty Star Dust! I'm just...gently tweeking you, to get you to express your full potential. A big guy like you, you must be full of something, and I prefer to think of it as potential! :lol:

What Chiang do you recommend for a beginner, btw?

(And how do you pronounce the name? From the way it's spelled, which looks like Wade-Giles, I'd say "Jang", Jiang in PinYin. ;) )


Sorry, Chig. Did not see this until today.

I think its actually pronounced Chang, but Im not sure. He lives in Bellevue, WA, where I spend a lot of time, and Ive been meaning to look him up and buy him lunch. And get all my shit signed!!!

Chiang has a collection out called Stories of Your Life, and Others. That is undoubtedly what you should get, as it is his only book. The novella posted above is the only other thing by him that you can buy. I think it was published by Subterranean Press, or maybe PS Publishing. Cant recall right now.

There are a number of stories on line too, and they are all good. I will try to get them up today. Story of Your Life is my favorite story, but they really are all good. It is all about linguistics, so I have always thought that it would have special meaning for you.
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Postby SandChigger » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:26 pm

:D

Tanks, Omph. You're a mensch!
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Postby A Thing of Eternity » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:39 pm

SandChigger wrote::D

Tanks, Omph. You're a mensch!


He's a human? :? I thought he was a big glowing circle...
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Postby SandChigger » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:52 pm

Actually...he ees a feeshy salamandancha! :lol:
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Postby A Thing of Eternity » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:56 pm

SandChigger wrote:Actually...he ees a feeshy salamandancha! :lol:


You are making less sense with every post, it must be a strange morning for you. :?

I hope you let me off the hook for calling that salamader a fish some day... :oops:
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Postby SandChigger » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:39 pm

Ee's no reelly about jou anymore, mi muchacho. Ees more about how mucho I enhoy dees seely accento!

Oh, jes, señorita, can I hhhave anodder pees of feesh? Oh grassy ass!

HHHey, wade a menudo...dees ees no feesh! Dees ess salaMANDero! Ai perdito! Chihuahua mama! :twisted:
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Postby Omphalos » Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:56 pm

What the hell are you two talking about :?:
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Postby SandChigger » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:39 pm

I'm sure Thang only knows.... :shock:
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Postby A Thing of Eternity » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:35 am

SandChigger wrote:I'm sure Thang only knows.... :shock:


I'm not even sure I know anymore :?




Anyways, feesh bad, salamandero good, and Omph is a mensh, not a glowing circle? Okay, I've got it straightened out again now. :D
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