Exhalation (Large Print / Library Binding)

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A book of short stories whose common link seems to be somewhere between science fiction of a magical sort and the unanswered questions that come with technological progress.  Savor each of these pieces: no binge reading is allowed here, or you might miss something, for many are the treasures to be found between these covers. A story about what our world would be like if the existence of God were scientifically demonstrated? You have it. One with virtual reality worlds? It is there. And so many other pearls, including the wisdom that only a man who has traveled to the future and made it back could impart to us. Go find it, it’s here in these pages - and so much, much more.

— Jordi Martin-Consuegra, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson

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

Winter 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List

“In his second and long-awaited collection of short stories, Ted Chiang offers us exquisite glimpses into the axes of our human existence. Beautifully and provocatively narrated by a unique host of characters, Chiang’s book explores subjects like time travel, love, entropy, empathy, and everything in between. Reading these tales feels like looking up at a clear night sky, when all at once you feel awed, enormous, and insignificant.”
— Cora Lee Oxley, Rediscovered Books, Boise, ID


"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