I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.
This was definitely a different kind of story to the last few ones I have read. This to me read very much like a scientific essay rather than a short story, this of course was an extension of the fact that our point of view character is in fact a scientist. So it is a very conscious choice of voice on Ted Chiang’s part. I did however think that it subtracted from my enjoyment of the story. I was kind of tired and I find that kind of tone generally boring so I had a hard time concentrating on the story. Which was really a shame because the story was really good and the world building very interesting.