Ted Chiang
"The universe began as an enormous breath being held." From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others--the basis for the Academy Award -nominated film Arrival--comes a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. These are tales that tackle some of humanity's oldest questions along with new quandaries only Ted Chiang could imagine. 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 second chances. In "Exhalation," an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom," the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will. Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic--revelatory.


Reviewed: 2020-06-18
Accessible, humane science fiction. The stories get better the longer they are, so I'm glad I stuck with it after a few meh shorter ones. Would definitely read more.
Reviewed: 2019-10-05
Ted Chiang, the master.
Reviewed: 2019-08-31

reviewed on Goodreads - copy here after we figure out why none of my reviews stick around for long. 

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