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Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang. An alternate cover edition for this book can be found here. From an award-winning science fiction writer whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival , the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short stories This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature T An alternate cover edition for this book can be found here.
From an award-winning science fiction writer whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival , the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short stories 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.
What does it mean to be human? 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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It does not seems like a purposeful thing. Any ideas? At least 2 previously published works? More than 2?? Tanya There are two previously unpublished stories in this new collection, "Omphalos" and "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom".
The other seven have been p …more There are two previously unpublished stories in this new collection, "Omphalos" and "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom". See all 8 questions about Exhalation…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Exhalation: Stories.
If you're looking for incredibly original sci-fi short stories, look no further! This time I felt like a lot of these were possible futures linked to technology that reminded me a bit of "Black Mirror", maybe less dark though.
Would recommend. View all 3 comments. Shelves: short-stories-and-novellas , scifi-future-speculative-fict. The best kind of science fiction. You read for the brain-twisting mind-expansion. Note : The individual reviews are in spoiler tags for easy scrolling; they don't contain plot spoilers.
You may find one more agreeable to look at, but you cannot say one is true and the other is false. Traditional sci-fi writers tackle the mechanics and paradoxical consequences of time travel. They include futuristic space-faring, alien planets, and exotic lifeforms. Chiang takes a theological, philosophical, alchemical approach, and sets it on Earth, hundreds of years ago.
Sit comfortably and submit to the tangled enchantment of a matryoshka-like story with an ancient, mythical tone. See, hear, and touch the buzz of a Baghdad bazaar long ago. Wander, wonder, and ponder.
This has a moral, but does not preach. It might be a tale of Scheherazade. Now I stand before you without a single dirham in my purse, but I am at peace. The owner chatted and then took him to a back room, where he told three fantastic stories, all relating to knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of the past and the future: free will versus destiny - the will of Allah.
All of life is here: treasure, travel, love, loss, robbers, deceit, disguise, and sacrifice. There is guilt, repentance, atonement, and forgiveness. He drills into the human psyche and soul. And the deeper he goes, the more pleasingly tangled the knots in the back of the tapestry become. My journey to the past had changed nothing, but what I had learned had changed everything.
See my review HERE. The narrator challenges the assumption that air is the source of life and investigates that, and the mystery of memory, in a shocking, risky, and very personal experiment.
Perhaps: people whose choices are highly constrained, whether by imprisonment or severe disability, are not generally suicidal. Video of sketch: HERE. See a later story in the collection, Omphalos , for a very different take on free will. Image : Tamagotchi Source. A zookeeper-cum-primatologist is recruited by a software company to work with an animator to develop digients for the game world, Data Earth: engaging, and realistic, but without broaching Uncanny Valley.
They can be bred and trained. Nature and nurture affect them: is it wrong to neglect or actively abuse a digient? Perhaps it depends in part on how much free will they have to consent, and also how conscious they are as beings.
What if they developed their own culture? Over the years, the tech improves digients in robot bodies interact in the real world , but changes in consumer tastes, data markets, and the wider economy affect development in unexpected ways.
This story is fundamentally about human relationships with intelligent technology. Make them engaging and lifelike, and we can grow fond of them as well. Nothing to lose, right? The results are broadly predictable; the detail less so. See Robot rights and abuse - on Vox.
Far away, Jijingi, aged 13, is taught to read by a missionary - the only person in his village who can. Both technologies change how people think, act, and process the word and the world, and neither are inherently forces for ease or good. Revisiting happy events would be a joy, and trying to check facts to settle an argument hard to resist. But there would be painful memories as well.
This happens already: when you unearth old photos, videos, letters, or school reports. Unlike the vocal believers online, these people believe the Bible and science, because Chiang has twisted the physics, cosmology, and anthropology to fit. Minor scams include a grey market for second-hand Prisms, dubious data brokers, and insurance adverts targetting people just before they have an accident. The main scam is bigger and relies on an ingenious use of two Prisms, simultaneously.
Prisms are neutral, but addict support groups and the crime thread demonstrate the allure and danger of the dark side.
But it might not! View all 34 comments. Elyse Walters You are really amazing
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May 07, Minutes Buy. Two being published for the very first time. All from the mind of the incomparable Ted Chiang. They are Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory. The best kind of science fiction. Like such eclectic predecessors as Philip K. Dick, James Tiptree, Jr.
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Dick, James Tiptree, Jr. Contemporary issues relating to bioethics, virtual reality, free will and determinism, time travel, and the uses of robotic forms of A. A series of linked tales-within-the-tale show that the goal of the time traveller must be insight, not intervention. Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.
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