Sacrifice can be this totally joyful choice that people make, which is something that I've come to terms with more, recently.
I definitely take inspiration from the skies, like I mentioned, flowers, even food: strawberries, raspberries, those kinds of things.
I wanted to bring water into these places that are sterile or dry or drought-ridden.
This emotional tug of Chiang’s stories is surprising; his style of writing in the collection is precise and straightforward, almost distant. Oftentimes, its tone can feel more like a scientific documentary or research project than a piece of fiction.