When does your story begin? When does your story end? In Arrival, linguistics expert Louise Banks is called upon for the consultation of her life when 12 alien vessels mysteriously appear over different nations, all offering periodic access to their spacecraft and the opportunity to speak to the inhabitants within. What Louise discovers over the bucolic fields of Montana are beings with a physiology so different from humans and a language so complex that at any moment they could be one poor translation away from a world – or even intergalactic – war. As global powers jockey for advantage over one another, Louise races to understand the intentions of our strange visitors.
Arrival is based on the short story The Story of Your Life (in Stories of Your Life and Others) by Ted Chiang. Both are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.