'Arrival' movie inspiration written by tech writer

Subject: 'Arrival' movie inspiration written by tech writer
From: Mike McCallister <mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:47:31 +0000

Heard this on NPR Friday.

Full story: http://www.npr.org/2016/11/11/501202681/arrival-authors-approach-to-science-fiction-slow-steady-and-successful

Key quotes:

"Arrival is based on "Story of Your Life," a 1998 short story by Ted Chiang, a soft-spoken, 49-year-old technical writer based in Seattle. Every few years, Chiang comes out with a new short story that sweeps science fiction awards, including the Hugo and Nebula. But he's only published 15 short stories since 1990. Because he's not exactly prolific, Chiang supports himself by explaining software to programmers at places like Microsoft.

"My job is to translate absurdly technical material to merely technical material," he dryly observes.

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