Which sci.fi. book do you like?

Alephi is going to celebrate the December month as the month of Sci.Fi. writers. We ask one small question to the Sci.Fi. writers worldwide…

 

Salik Shah edits Mithila Review, a science fiction and fantasy magazine. His poetry, fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Juggernaut, Vayavya and Opendemocracy, among other publications. You can find him on Twitter: @salik. Website: salikshah.com

 

Alephi : Which sci.fi. book do you like?

Salik Shah : Stories of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang .

Ted Chiang’s collection is among the best of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. Along with Cordwainer Smith and Kij Johnson, he is among the few writers that I deeply admire and love for the choice of his themes, style and range. As a writer, Ted has been my biggest influence. You can’t write what he writes without being curious, sensitive, understanding and compassionate. When you have such a meticulous and genius of a hero, it’s really difficult to be happy with your own work. He is our Dronacharya; I thank him for being such a demanding mentor for all of us.

 

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