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“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
“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"--