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Exhalation

Author: Ted Chiang
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Short stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chiang, Ted.
Exhalation.
New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, [2019]
(DLC) 2018031993
(OCoLC)1043052652
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Chiang
ISBN: 9781101947883 1101947888 9781101972083 1101972084
OCLC Number: 1043306168
Description: 350 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 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 --
Story Notes --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: 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
Short stories.
Exhalation :
Responsibility: Ted Chiang.

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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.

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