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    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 20 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 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.

    ©2019 Ted Chiang (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    • Magnus M. Hustveit
    • 13/09/2019

    Anthology thought experiments perfectly executed

    Ted Chiang combines excellent writing with interesting scenarios in a way which engages deeply. If you are not thinking after listening to this book, it's on you.

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    • Daniel Smith
    • 11/12/2021

    Don't narrate the weird story first up

    Amy Landon narrated a number of stories. And it just so happened, the next book I tried to listen to.
    But she also narrated the retarded digimons in one of the first stories. And try as she might, her voice is very very similar. It was not great experience.
    I would place a story like that, at the back of the book.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 08/04/2021

    Ted Chiang is great

    I really enjoyed this book, the storys are fun to follow and really trigger deeper thoughts, a must read for sure.

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    • Panashe
    • 01/01/2021

    Simple ideas

    The author does a great job of taking simple or rather well known ideas to their not so obvious conclusions- a nice sci-fi collection.

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    • Seamus Fagan
    • 23/09/2020

    Different

    I liked the ideas and the way they are woven into stories. well worth a listen.

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    • Ed Dowding
    • 17/10/2019

    contains lots of content from previous books

    so alas it is not as good value as I'd hoped, but still sufficiently entertaining

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 31/05/2020

    Intriguing stories.

    I quite enjoyed this stories, especially the last one but I prefer his first collection of short stories. I like that the author adds a short statement at the end of each story about how and why he wrote it.

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    • Billy
    • 21/12/2019

    Parabeln mit Überlänge

    Ted Chiang konstruiert seine Kurzgeschichten um fiktive Annahmen herum: Was wäre, wenn ... wir unsere eigene Zukunft oder Vergangenheit verändern könnten? Eine Zivilisation ihrem eigenen Ende entgegensieht? Wir eine Gesellschaft von Kreationisten wären, die an die Schöpfungsgeschichte glaubt? Die Quantenphysik uns ständig mit einer alternativen Realität konfrontiert?
    Was anfangs als eine Sammlung leichtfüßiger, fast poetischer Geschichten daherkommt, die mich an Liu Cixins ‚Die drei Sonnen‘ erinnert, ermüdet leider allzuoft. Die interessanten Gedankenspiele werden zu lehrhaften Parabeln mit Überlänge. Und damit auch wirklich jeder die Intention versteht, kommentiert der Autor jede Geschichte.
    Trotz Kritik würde ich aber nicht vom Kauf dieses Buches abraten. Die Texte regen zum Weiterdenken an.