I put a book of his on hold at the library here. There were so many people who also wanted the book, I figured it would be a few weeks, at least, before it was my turn. But I've already received a message that it was ready for me to pick up!
Sorry, I haven't read anything by Chiang, but your post made me want to read them. I'm swamped now and in August. Maybe in September or October we can form a read-like-a-writing book discussion group and discuss how he does it?
We'll look at how to make settings come alive for the reader, how to use setting to show the POV character's emotion, and how to use settings to slow down action scenes that would otherwise be too fast.
I wish in query letters we could say something like, "I've been through several drafts, my critique group has read it. it's been Beta read. This isn't a rough draft I wrote in a rush during NaNoWriMo."
In a novel, every word and phrase has to do double, if not triple, duty. This is especially true in an opening when we need to convince the reader to buy our book within the first few paragraphs. In this mini intensive, we will read the openings of a few novels by respected authors and look at...