by Ted Chiang

Book Reviews

  • @bendhalpern what types of stuff do you like? here's are my three fav fiction books of past years Lovecraft Country https://t.co/qjM6bLuPXO Exhalation https://t.co/xPnGwkYogU Friday Black https://t.co/T5wjqynhTYLink to Tweet
  • Recently reread Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" (for the fourth time, I think), and "Exhalation". It's such a joy to read him in real time. I suspect he's one of the great writers Apologies for the hyping, which I know can create unmet expectations. Still, I'm just blown awayLink to Tweet
  • Book tip: Exhilation Best sci-fi since The Three Body Problem. The mind that it takes to come up with this variety of imaginative stories, rooted in legit science, and written so eloquently...unbelievable 🤯 https://t.co/3QLjcPt6ggLink to Tweet
  • ZOMG four finished! 1. Exhalation https://t.co/xa4xSJrXGv 2. Book Architecture https://t.co/oKtBS6GGJ1 3. Checklist Manifesto https://t.co/3EDQpbIYLG 4. The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life https://t.co/8PkuZLgnIH https://t.co/UZgpS3QIZ0Link to Tweet
  • Probably the best scifi short story I've ever read is "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom," the last story in Ted Chiang's new book Exhalation https://t.co/tmpH81R549Link to Tweet
  • @Kantrowitz Short story sci-fi that will 🤯: Exhilation by Ted Chiang Memoir that till suck you in 😳: Educated by Tara Westover Non-fiction that will change your life 🧘‍♂️: Why Buddhism is True by Robert WrightLink to Tweet

About Book

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. Also included are two brand-new stories: "Omphalos" and "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom." In this fantastical and elegant collection, 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.