"When I first began writing, I was influenced by Asimov and Clarke, and I would try to imitate their work very closely."
"[M]y writing matured... after I started reading writers like John Crowley and Gene Wolfe.... by then I knew better than to try imitating their work....
"[B]ut of all the writers I’ve mentioned..., [Edward Bryant's] work shows the clearest influence on my own...."--Ted Chiang interviewed by Gavin J. Grant for Indiebound
--and in Electric Literature (interviewed by Meghan McCarron)
Note: I did minimal splicing to serve up the interesting bits, economically.