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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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A collection of science fiction stories for people who don’t like science fiction, Chiang’s work abounds in philosophical enquiry and nuanced approaches to the human condition. Fantastically rich and varied, the pieces gathered in Exhalation are every bit the equal of his groundbreaking first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others.

From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others - the basis for the Academy Award nominated film Arrival - comes a groundbreaking second collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories.

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 Also included are two previously unpublished stories: 'Omphalos' and 'Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom'.

In Exhalation, 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: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529014488
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 596 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 33 mm


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'Beautifully written and conceived, this is a marvellous, astonishing collection that we would do well to read before the worlds it conjures are upon us. Urgently recommended.' - Alan Moore

'Deeply beautiful... This book is as generous as it is marvelous, and I'm left feeling nothing so much as grateful for it.' - The New York Times 

'A beguiling mix of compassion and awe, worthy of comparisons to the work of Philip K. Dick... An immensely pleasing book.' - The San Francisco Chronicle

'Ted Chiang's stories are lean, relentless, and incandescent.' - Colson Whitehead

'Illuminating, thrilling... Individual sentences possess the windowpane transparency that George Orwell advocated as a prose ideal.' - Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker

'Ted Chiang has no contemporary peers... His name deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Carver, Poe, Borges, and Kafka. Every story is a universe. Every story is a diamond. You will inhale Exhalation in a single, stunned sitting, because true genius doesn't come along nearly as often as advertised. This is the real thing.' - Blake Crouch

'Breaks down what it really means to be human.' - Time

'Meticulously crafted and innovative short fiction... Chiang's stories are uniformly notable for a fusion of pure intellect and molten emotion... narrative[s] of refined human sensitivity and soulfulness... While this combination represents the ideal definition and practice of all science fiction, it's seldom achieved... Masterful and striking... plucks both heartstrings and gray matter in equal measure.' - The Washington Post

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“Second collection from a genius of short fiction”

I received a copy of this from the publisher, and it is rare that I'm so excited for a book; I've been looking forward to Ted Chiang's second collection ever since the publication of his first, Stories... More

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“Science fiction at it's best ”

A wonderful collection of thought provoking and odd short stories from an imagination that somehow finds a way to put really lumbering, complex ideas into a well paced, easily understood and digestible book.

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“The Master has Returned”

To get something right within the short story format requires a qualitatively different skill-set to that required for a novel or other tome; truly conquering the format is rare. Ted Chiang's writing seems to... More

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