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Exhalation
2019
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A collection of stories explores revelatory ideas and second chances in such tales as, "In the Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," "Exhalation," and "The Lifecycle of Software Objects." - (Baker & Taylor)

A long-awaited latest collection by the Arrival-inspiring author of "The Story of Your Life" explores revelatory ideas and second chances in such tales as, "In the Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," "Exhalation" and "The Lifecycle of Software Objects." - (Baker & Taylor)

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.” —Barack Obama

From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others—the basis for the Academy Award –nominated film Arrival: a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction.


"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. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Ted Chiang’s fiction has won four Hugo, four Nebula, and four Locus awards, and has been featured in The Best American Short Stories. His debut collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, has been translated into twenty-one languages. He was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and currently lives near Seattle, Washington. - (Random House, Inc.)

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