• Bastou (edited 7 years ago)

    Ted Chiang's short story, Story of Your Life, on which Arrival is based, is available for free as a PDF (link). It's about 40 pages and can be read in about 2 ½ hours. I can't recommend it enough, no matter your tastes in books (it touches sci fi, longuistics, philosophy, family life, relationships, time, mother-daughter love, parental difficulies, etc.).

    I read it and then shed a tear, not because of the emotion of the story (although there's also that), but purely because of the magnificent way it is written and how it puts the way we perceive the world in perspective. I called it a literary orgasm; such an experience I believe I've never felt before reading anything.