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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Stories by Ted Chiang. From an award-winning science fiction writer whose short story “The Story of Your Life” was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrivalthe 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 From an award-winning science fiction writer whose short story “The Story of Your Life” was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrivalthe 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. Also included are two brand-new stories: 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. Kindle Editionpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Exhalationplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 31, Marcheto rated it it was amazing. Only two new stories, but really strong ones, and, of course, it’s always a pleasure to reread Chiang’s “old” stories.
Nov 04, Stuart Rodriguez rated it it was amazing. Ted Chiang is a master of modern speculative fiction, and his stories are at once heady and intelligent while also being deeply personal and poignant.
Amazing exploration of exploration of science and thermodynamics in a completely fictitional form. First Ted Chiang work that turned out to be a dissapointment. More like 3 and a half stars. I remember loving his first collection but perhaps my memory has gilded over the rough edges – the clumsy dialogue and clumsy characterization and clumsy moralizing, which are all in evidence here. Clumsy is the best description which is a shame. I read Ted Chiang’s first collection of stories before this blog, when More like 3 and a half stars.
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I read Ted Chiang’s first collection of stories before this blog, when I was in university the first time, and I found it a mind-blowing experience: My memory must have gilded the rough edges, because how else to explain how disappointing I found Chiang’s second collection?
The most cutting edge SF concepts are still present, but I don’t remember the older stories being so clumsy with the execution of said concepts, or even worse, the stentorious “philosophizing” around them.
Imagine, if you can, a first year philosophy seminar, run by a teacher’s assistant and attended entirely by 18 year olds. That’s the kind of earnest, wide-eyed navel-gazing you can expect from the stories and their rooting around in the dirt for some nugget of wisdom at the level of “having a child changes your perception.
I sound much grumpier about these stories than I actually am. I found the exposition clumsy, the characterization clumsy, the reaches toward poignancy clumsy, but clumsy isn’t necessarily a failure. That Chiang doesn’t have the grace or lightness of touch other moralizing science fiction writers have doesn’t mean these stories aren’t worth your time. There are positive aspects. Firstly, they’re all immediately readable.
I ploughed through all nine stories in two days, never once finding myself impatient or restless. Even the less plot-focused of stories, such as the title story, about a mechanical man performing brain surgery exhaltion himself to discover the secrets of the universe, were alluring and compelling.
Chiang is probably the most readable of the “hard” science fiction writers Greg Egan I’ve found completely unreadable thanks to his general storytelling skills.
The humanity of Ted Chiang’s ‘Exhalation’
He spins a good yarn, overall. It’s just the smaller things pricked at me, a frustration built of a thousand tiny cuts. Clumsy, as I’ve repeated, is the most appropriate descriptor. The final story is about prisms which allow communication between parallel universes, and in true Heisenberg principle fashion, the act of communication itself causes the divergence. This is perhaps the best story in the entire collection, or maybe second best to the multiple award-winning “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate.
The final story, “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom,” is anchored by an emotionally complex focal character, and by grounded ethical stakes. Take away all the science fictional aspects and the story still functions chianng a narrative: It’s red completely inert, cold, lifeless tale of raising AI as if children.
It’s classic hard science fiction: Only a parent, smug with the delusion that parenthood is the only meaningful pursuit in life, could come up with something so teeth-rottingly sweet and pablum-like. I find reading about the quiet nobility of vhiang especially difficult in the years after reading James’ What Maisie Knew herea face-melting excoriation of the selfishness of parents.
The collection, Edhalationcomes out in Mayand I’m grateful to the publisher for an advanced reading copy especially so far in advance of publication!! A steampunk metaphor for entropy and existence. A civilization of mechanical automatons powered by pneumatics running off cylinders or “lungs” of pressurized argon pumped from underground discover that as they use the air from underground it is dispersing into their atmosphere, raising the ambient air pressure, which will slow their limbs and eventually their thoughts until the pressure below ground and above reaches equilibrium and all thought ceases and their universe dies not a heat death, exgalation A steampunk metaphor for entropy and existence.
A civilization of mechanical automatons powered by pneumatics running off cylinders or “lungs” of pressurized argon pumped from underground discover that as xehalation use the air from underground it is dispersing into their atmosphere, raising the ambient air pressure, which will slow exnalation limbs and eventually their thoughts chjang the pressure below ground and above reaches equilibrium and all thought ceases and their universe dies not a heat death, as ours will, but an air pressure death.
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Nov 24, Tory rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could recommend this to anyone: Rarely have I seen so many higher-level premises in such varied fields, seamlessly tied into cohesive narratives. Nov 22, Tiberiu rated it it was amazing. Without exaggeration, “Exhalation” is one of the best short sci-fi stories ever written.
Oct 14, Moh Siy rated it did not like it. Historia muy corta pero muy interesante y que hace pensar. An amazing introspective look on the ‘human’ condition, the pursuit of knowledge, and view spoiler [the inevitable entropic end of the universe hide spoiler ].
This story takes a while to get into, but after you adjust to the similar-yet-not setting and characteristics of the people that live in this world, it’s hard exhalatiion stop reading.
It’s written so that you react as if like the narrator, getting agitated at their discoveries as if they were your own, and coming to conclusions about Exhalation: It’s written so that you react as if like the narrator, getting agitated at their discoveries as if they were your own, and coming to conclusions about the consequences of these revelations as the narrator writes it down.
Robo-scientist’s journey of self-discovery. Dec 26, Keegan Stoner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Possibly my favorite of his stories. Tras rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Ju rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Thomas Green rated it it chang amazing Sep 11, Otto Gread rated it it tdd amazing Aug 02, Britney rated it really liked it Jul 27, Massimo rated it really liked it Sep 30, Gabrielle Badie rated it really liked it Sep 07, Alfredo Grp rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Aaron Sinner rated it really liked it Jul 07, Aja Gabel rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Liz Sullivan rated it it was amazing Jul 21, Apeksha Mehta rated it liked it Nov 23, chixng Abhishek exhalatin it it was amazing Jun 21, Jeffery Bowling rated it really liked it Jul 12, Andreea rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Chaitanya Pramod exjalation it really liked it Jun 26, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Ted Chiang is an American speculative fiction writer.
His Chinese name is Chiang Feng-nan. He graduated from Brown University with a Exhalatio Science degree. He currently works as a technical writer in the software industry and resides in Bellevue, near Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion Writers Workshop Although not a prolific author, having published only eleven sh Ted Chiang is an American speculative fiction writer. Although not a prolific author, having published only eleven short stories as ofChiang has to date won a string of prestigious speculative fiction awards for his works: A Documentary” inon the grounds exjalation the story was rushed due to editorial pressure and did not turn out as he had really wanted.
He exhalatioj never written a novel but is one of the most decorated science fiction writers currently working.
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