Stories of Your Life and Others is a collection of short stories by American writer Ted Chiang originally published in 2002 by Tor Books. It collects Chiang's first eight stories. All of the stories except "Liking What You See: A Documentary" were previously published individually elsewhere.
“The Evolution of Human Science" (originally titled “Catching Crumbs from the Table” published in Nature, June 2000) (Locus Award Nominee for Best Short Story (2001)).
“What is the role of human scientists in an age when the frontiers of scientific inquiry have moved beyond the comprehension of humans?”
Metahumans were made possible by ordinary humans, there’s pride in that, but what’s the purpose of humans in such a world?
In this future, one consequence is that human parents of metahuman babies have to decide whether to opt for embryonic gene therapy to enable digital neurological communication with other metahumans, but which means their child will become incomprehensible to them, or delay it, causing a possibly unbearable sensory deprivation to the child, who may never fully integrate with the metahuman community. What would you choose? What do you think most parents would choose, and what are the implications for humans and metahumans?
That dilemma has contemporary parallels with the debate about whether deaf children should be given cochlear implants as young as possible, so they learn to speak with the hearing world, or not have invasive surgery until they’re able to decide for themselves.
This is a short storyette (only three pages), originally published as Catching Crumbs from the Table. (Good reads)
Link to the story: https://www.nature.com/articles/35014679
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.