Exhalation • 2019 • Collection by Ted Chiang

★★★★★

Ted Chiang publishes only occasionally stories, and I would say that everyone is enjoyable and should be read. For me, it is a premiere, because it is the first time that I read each and every story of an author. I just wished, he’d publish more.

Most stories in this collection have been published previously, but the last two are new. Some of the stories in this collection where long sought after, as they were initially published in small numbers only, which is especially true for The Lifecycle of Software Objects. It was difficult to get access to these stories published between 2007 and 2015, and I’m glad to have them in one place. Even if you read them before, most of them are worth a re-read. With five of nine stories hitting the precious 5-star reviews, the collection is even better than his first collection Stories of Your Life and Others.

If you don’t need action or character development to enjoy a story, this will be a very good collection for you, and I highly recommend it.

Contents:

  1. 3 • ★★★★★ • The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate • 2007 • Time travel novelette • review
  2. 37 • ★★★★★ • Exhalation • 2008 • SF short story • review
  3. 58 • ★★ • What’s Expected of Us • 2005 • Time travel short story • review
  4. 62 • ★★★★★ • The Lifecycle of Software Objects • 2010 • Near Future SF novella • review
  5. 173 • ★★★ • Dacey’s Patent Automatic Nanny • 2011 • Steampunk short story • review 
  6. 185 • ★★★★★ • The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling • 2013 • Near future SF novelette • review 
  7. 231 • ★★+ • The Great Silence • 2015 • First contact short story by Allora and Calzadilla and Ted Chiang • review
  8. 237 • ★★★★ • Omphalos • 2019 Speculative fiction novelette • review
  9. 270 • ★★★★★ • Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom • 2019 • Near Future SF novella • review

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