Author Ted Chiang awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for his science fiction short stories

Ted Chiang, a celebrated science fiction author, has been bestowed with the prestigious PEN/Malamud Award for a lifetime of achievement in short stories. This marks only the second time a science fiction writer has received this accolade since its inception in 1988.

Chiang, renowned for his imaginative collections such as “Exhalation” and “Stories of Your Life and Others,” has previously garnered acclaim from the literary community with awards like the Nebula and Hugo Awards. His work is celebrated for its exceptional creativity and construction, as well as its ability to inspire readers to think and imagine beyond their own worlds.

Ursula K. Le Guin was the only other science fiction author to have won the PEN/Malamud Award before Chiang. The award committee chair, Jung Yun, praised Chiang’s stories for their unique vision and ability to push boundaries.

In response to this recognition, Chiang expressed surprise and delight at receiving the award. In a statement, he emphasized his appreciation for the short story form, which allows him to focus on a single idea or moment in his writing. He also expressed his gratitude for being part of science fiction’s increasing acceptance in the broader literary community.

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