Exhalation: Signed Edition (Hardback)Ted Chiang (author)
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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.
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 Also included are two previously unpublished stories: `Omphalos' and `Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom'.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
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
Chiang's writing shines with a brutal, minimalist elegance. Every sentence is the perfect incision in the dissection of the idea at hand . . . Chiang is all the more conspicuous for his absence from all forms of authorial self-promotion . . . Perhaps he's simply busy doing what he does best - writing great stories. * Guardian *
The best science-fiction writer of his generation. * The Economist *
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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
“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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