‘Giving a Voice’ According to Chiang

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Tony Boobier
by Tony Boobier

There is sometimes a certain spirituality about writing, be it either a book or a blog.

The reason he (Ted Chiang, the Sci Fi author) writes, he says, is because it is (for him) an imperative. By this,I think he means a compulsion. I know how he feels.

Chiang quotes writer Annie Dillard who said:

There’s something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and sent here to give voice to this, your own astonishment’.

Reference ‘Sci Fi Writer Ted Chiang ‘The machines we have are not conscious’’.  Madhumita Murgia Financial Times June 2 2023.

Tony Boobier