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Exhalation alternate cover for ISBN From an award winning science fiction writer whose short story The Story of Your Life was the basis for the Academy Award nominated movie Arrival , the long awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short storiesThis 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


About the Author: Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang is an American speculative fiction writer His Chinese name is Chiang Feng nan He graduated from Brown University with a Computer Science degree He currently works as a technical writer in the software industry and resides in Bellevue, near Seattle, Washington He is a graduate of the noted Clarion Writers Workshop 1989.Although not a prolific author, having published only eleven short stories as of 2009, Chiang has to date won a string of prestigious speculative fiction awards for his works a Nebula Award for Tower of Babylon 1990 , the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992, a Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for Story of Your Life 1998 , a Sidewise Award for Seventy Two Letters 2000 , a Nebula Award, Locus Award and Hugo Award for his novelette Hell Is the Absence of God 2002 , a Nebula and Hugo Award for his novelette The Merchant and the Alchemist s Gate 2007 , and a British Science Fiction Association Award, a Locus Award, and the Hugo Award for Best Short Story for Exhalation 2009.Chiang turned down a Hugo nomination for his short story Liking What You See A Documentary in 2003, on the grounds that the story was rushed due to editorial pressure and did not turn out as he had really wanted.Chiang s first eight stories are collected in Stories of Your Life, and Others 1st US hardcover ed ISBN 0 7653 0418 X 1st US paperback ed ISBN 0 7653 0419 8 His novelette The Merchant and the Alchemist s Gate was also published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.As of 2013, his short fiction has won four Nebula Awards, three Hugo Awards, the John W Campbell Award, three Locus Awards, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award He has never written a novel but is one of the most decorated science fiction writers currently working.



10 thoughts on “Exhalation

  1. says:

    If you re looking for incredibly original sci fi short stories, look no further This time I felt like a lot of these were possible futures linked to technology that reminded me a bit of Black Mirror , maybe less dark though.Would recommend.


  2. says:

    A collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feelhuman The best kind of science fiction President Obama s summer 2019 reads It s an incredible yet credible collection of highly original, profound stories of the personal and societal implications of future tech From a 3 page snippet to a 100 page novella, they explore humanity s relationship with technology and hence ou


  3. says:

    Self Consciousness and Its Discontents The cost of awareness is the knowledge of inevitability This is the inherent irony of the universe It doesn t matter what we know, our fate has already been fixed The idea of predestination is simultaneously an intellectual triumph and a spiritual dead end mind realising its own impotence.This self consciousness is the dominant theme throughout Chiang s stories In a tale tha


  4. says:

    Ted Chiang is the master of the short form His execution of short stories and novellas is nearly always flawless, the ideas are great, and his writing style is versatile This is a writer who has mastered his craft, and his infrequent offerings are well worth the wait.This is the second time I read his brilliant second collection, Exhalation, this time on the quest to read or reread this year s Hugo and Nebula nomin


  5. says:

    All said, Chiang s new collection rocks I ve read a good number of these in other places, but it doesn t diminish my enjoyment I m referencing the stories I liked the most.The Merchant and the Alchemist s Gate 1001 Nights meets fixed timeline time travel Easily one of my favorites.Exhalation A rather interesting logical breakdown of universal principles from the PoV of a robot race.The Lifecycle of Software Objects N


  6. says:

    Every story has a mind boggling idea as its fulcrum A prism replaces the smart phone as favoured piece of handbag technology which allows the owner to communicate with her paraself in an alternate universe virtual ai pets are brought into the real world via robotic bodies as their owners seek to discover how fruitful a bond can be created with them a robot performs an anatomical study on its own brain in another story


  7. says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Nothing Erases the Past Exhalation Stories by Ted Chiang Nothing erases the past There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness That is all, but that is enough In The Merchant and the Alchemist s Gate by Ted ChiangI could write a review for each one of the stories in this collection, but my favourite is the The Merchant and the Alchemist s Ga


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    Q We spoke forthan an hour, and my fascination and respect bloomed like a flower warmed by the dawn, until he mentioned his experiments in alchemy c Q We don t normally think of it as such, but writing is a technology, which means that a literate person is someone whose thought processes are technologically mediated We became cognitive cyborgs as soon as we became fluent readers, and the consequences of that were profound.


  9. says:

    Overall a very good and interesting short story collection Definitely worth checking out The Merchant and the Alchemist s Gate Exhalation What s expected of us The Lifecycle of Software Objects Dacey s Patent Automatic Nanny The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling The Great Silence Omphalos Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom


  10. says:

    This is a collection of 9 short stories from author Ted Chiang I was less impressed by this collection than the previous one I read, The Story of Your Life Several sounded like minor Black Mirror episodes, others were just not that plausible or interesting I think my favorite was the first one with the time portals Not sure I am even up to analyzing each story here There are some interesting ideas, but overall I found this col


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