Here are eight astonishing science-fiction stories that explore the boundaries between science and religion, between determinism and our ability to choose, between words and the entities they describe. Here are stories of conceptual breakthrough ... of making sense of the universe and our place in it. Contains the stories: "Tower of Babylon" "Division by Zero" "Understand" "Story of Your Life" "The Evolution of Human Science" "Seventy-Two Letters" "Hell Is the Absence of God" "Liking What You See: A Documentary" 'What a pleasure it is to read Chiang ... Can he be the best SF writer to come down the pike in the past thirty years? I honestly believe that he is' "Harry Harrison" 'Superb and thought-provoking. I could run out of superlatives trying to describe Chiang's work. Stories of Your Life is the best collection of short stories, novellas and novelettes I have ever read ... Ted Chiang will blow you away with this astonishing collection' "The Alien Online"