Exhalation (Large Print / Library Binding)

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In this collection of science-fiction short stories, Chiang philosophically explores the moral conundrums of alternate (future?) worlds where technology reigns - e.g. the ethics of artificial intelligence usage or the problems with parallel universes. The strong-suits of these stories are their depth, thoughtfulness, ingenuity, and intelligence. Each story is thought-provoking, and the issues they address will keep you thinking long after the story is over. A perfect pairing of the sciences and the humanities.

— Luisa

May 2019 Indie Next List

“WOW. My first experience with Ted Chiang absolutely blew me out of the water. Each story left me with wide eyes and a racing mind, running to my husband to read a passage so we could both be knocked over with wonder. Exhalation filled me with so many questions about our collective past, present, and future, I’ll be coming back to this book again and again trying to find the answers.”
— Kasey Kane, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT


"THE UNIVERSE BEGAN AS AN ENORMOUS BREATH BEING HELD." In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity's oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine. 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 second chances. In "Exhalation," an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom," the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will. Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic--revelatory"--

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432871376
ISBN-10: 1432871374
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: November 27th, 2019
Pages: 524
Language: English