Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

Exhalation, by Ted Chiang

Second paragraph of third story ("What's Expected of Us"):
By now you've probably seen a Predictor; millions of them have been sold by the time you're reading this. For those who haven't seen one, it's a small device, like a remote for opening your car door. Its only features are a button and a big green LED. The light flashes if you press the button. Specifically, the light flashes one second before you press the button.
Ted Chiang has published very few short stories, but they are all good and most of them have won awards. This is a collection of his more recent work. Some of these I remembered very vividly indeed - "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate", "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" and "The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling". I had completely forgotten the title story, but I loved it when it was a Hugo finalist and I loved it again this time. There are two brand new stories here as well, "Omphalos" in which Young Earth cosmology is true, and "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom" which opens communications with parallel Many-Worlds universes. All tremendously good stuff, getting my 2020 reading off to a good start. You can get it here.

Tags: bookblog 2020, writer: ted chiang
Subscribe

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • Vector 293: Chinese SF

    Second paragraph of third article ("龙马精神 Dragon Horse Vitality Spirit", by Yen Ooi): Genres are in general difficult to define, but CSF is…

  • My tweets

    Wed, 12:40: Hugely childish. @ DanTehanWannon was senior adviser to Aus trade minister Vaile 2002-06, was then director of trade policy and…

  • Whoniversaries 22 April

    i) births and deaths 22 April 1942: birth of Denis Lill, who played Dr. Fendleman in Image of the Fendahl (Fourth Doctor, 1977) and Sir George…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments