Item description for The Guild of Xenolinguists by Sheila Finch & Ian Watson...
The galaxy-wide Guild of Xenolinguists handles all cross-cultural communications by sending agents abroad to learn new languages and program translation computers. The travails of novice linguists animate these 11 stories as they face much more than simple translation work, taking on alien parasites and viruses, a mysterious and violent star-faring race, dolphin instructors, and large tyrant ants. As cultures and languages collide, first contact quickly becomes a matter of morality, galactic politics, death, and war.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Golden Gryphon Press
ISBN 1930846487 ISBN13 9781930846487
Availability 0 units.
More About Sheila Finch & Ian Watson
Sheila Finch is the author of more than seven books, including Reading the Bones>/i>, Infinity's Web, and Birds. She is the winner of a Nebula Award and Compton Crook Award. She studied Medieval Literature and Linguistics at Indiana University. Finch is recently retired from her post as a creative writing teacher at El Camino College but continues to work with her former students.
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the definitive stories May 2, 2008
This unites the groundbreaking series Finch has been building for over two decades. If you ever wondered how hard it would be, yet how stimulating, to communicate with aliens--this is for you.
Language & communication Apr 20, 2008
As a conference interpreter,mainly working for international bodies, I found this book really hit the nail on the head: language, and the words that make one up, are just the first step, the key that allows you to move to the heart of the matter, communication. To communicate you need to understand the culture, the background and the mind-set of the "other", and to pass on a message or transfer a concept you must be sure you have formulated it according to the "other"'s parameters. This is what the lingsters do. Interpreters of course don't need or use drugs to "interface", after all we are dealing with terrestrial languages, but the whole concept of Alien languages and cultures is intriguing and fascinating. The lingster ethics are also spot on: confidentiality, no judgement, no personal involvement. I love science fiction in general but this book in particular: I will certainly look out for more and recommend it to colleagues. For sci fi fans who are not linguists: the book is a good read whether you are interested in languages or not.
A blend of strong plot and technological insight. Oct 19, 2007
In most science fiction novels the challenges and impossibilities of inter-species communication is overcome by the presence of a 'universal translator' - or just not mentioned. So, its intriguing to see a novel based around communication challenges - and presents a story surrounding the Guild of Xenolinguists, which helps sentient species overcome cross-communication challenges. A Guildmember is trained for years in both linguistics and culture - and these short stories center around Guild challenges and achievements, offering up detailed and complex story lines perfect for any serious science fiction collection seeking a blend of strong plot and technological insight.