Exhalation

Short stories

Hardback (11 Jul 2019) | English

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Synopsis

"...will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human.” Barack Obama

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

The New York Times Bestseller from the author of Arrival.

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 Also included are two previously unpublished stories: 'Omphalos' and 'Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom'.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

About the Publisher

Picador

Picador

Picador publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has established a reputation for literary fiction with a broad commercial appeal, groundbreaking non-fiction, (particularly, reportage, literary biography and memoir) and a formidable poetry list, which has consistently won many of the major prizes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529014488
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 1531
Number of pages: 350
Weight: 604g
Height: 159mm
Width: 240mm
Spine width: 33mm