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November 11, 2013

"Liking What You See: A Documentary" — by Ted Chiang


I just finished reading this extraordinary 2002 story, part of his collection "Stories of Your Life and Others."

I was delighted to find it available online.

Well worth the time you might spend with it.

According to Wikipedia, "Chiang turned down a Hugo nomination for his short story 'Liking What You See: A Documentary' in 2003, on the grounds that the story was rushed due to editorial pressure and did not turn out as he had really wanted."

FunFact: The image up top isn't that of an actual woman but, rather, a computer composite of 22 finalists for the 2002 Miss Germany competition.

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Is it just me or does that German composite look Hispanic?

Posted by: Lorelei | Nov 11, 2013 6:40:20 PM

I'll give you this, computer generated or not, I'd love to take her out for my schnitzel.

That said, if you haven't read "Hell is the Absence of God", Chiang has it out there in Pdf...

Posted by: clifyt | Nov 11, 2013 1:43:49 PM

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