Exhalation

Exhalation

Stories

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary "Exhalation," an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in "The Lifecycle of Software Objects," a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: "Omphalos" and "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom." In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth--What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?--and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101947883
1101947888
9781101972083
1101972084
Branch Call Number: FIC CHIANG
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 22 cm

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If you saw Arrival, you already know Washington science fiction author Ted Chiang - the movie was based on one of his mind-bending speculative stories. Check out this new short-story collection, in which familiar sci-fi tropes like time travel and sentient artificial beings are reborn in Chiang's... Read More »


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