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Monday, March 6, 2017

Ted Chiang on Literary Influences

"When I first began writing, I was influenced by Asimov and Clarke, and I would try to imitate their work very closely."
"[M]y writing matured... after I started reading writers like John Crowley and Gene Wolfe....  by then I knew better than to try imitating their work.... 
"[B]ut of all the writers I’ve mentioned..., [Edward Bryant's] work shows the clearest influence on my own...." 
--Ted Chiang interviewed by Gavin J. Grant for Indiebound

--and in Electric Literature (interviewed by Meghan McCarron)

Note: I did minimal splicing to serve up the interesting bits, economically.

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