Ted Chiang is one of the most brilliant writers of short SF in the world today. His award-winning fiction, collected in Stories of Your Life and Others (2010), explores the moral ambiguities of our posthuman world. High-tech enchanter.
"I don’t know of a single common theme that runs through all my stories, but perhaps what I most often wind up exploring is the relationship between the world as it is and the world as we perceive it to be. To understand the world we have to rely on the data provided by our senses and the concepts generated by our reasoning; you could say that my stories are attempts to examine the strengths and limitations of those resources."