Exhalation

Exhalation

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`Will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.' Barack Obama, Summer Reading 2019

'A marvelous, astonishing collection that we would do well to read before the worlds it conjures are upon us. Urgently recommended.' - Alan Moore


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 Also included are two previously unpublished stories: `Omphalos' and `Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom'.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


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Details

Author(s)
Ted Chiang
Format
Hardback | 368 pages
Dimensions
159 x 240 x 33mm | 596g
Publication date
09 Jul 2019
Publisher
Pan MacMillan
Imprint
PICADOR
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1529014484
ISBN13
9781529014488
Bestsellers rank
24,716