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Exhalation: Stories (2019)

door Ted Chiang

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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 twenty 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 this fantastical and elegant collection, 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.… (meer)
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Los libros de cuentos se juzgan por sus mejores cuentos. No todos estos cuentos me gustaron tanto pero algunos de ellos están entre los mejores cuentos que leí.

El primero de todos. "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" es un cuento sobre viajes en el tiempo, que sucede en el califato Musulman y que parece sacado de las Mil y Una Noches. Es un gran cuento. ( )
  Pindarix | Jul 15, 2021 |
Not all the stories in this book are equally successful--almost always true in a short story collection, of course. The ones that succeed, though, are really excellent. They tend towards the conceptual end of science fiction.

The longest story in the book is really a novella, a previously published work called "The Life-Cycle of Software Objects." It's about virtual reality and artificial intelligence, but it turns into a deeper question about love and parenting. I also loved "The Truth of Fact, or the Truth of Feeling," which uses technology to explore the meaning of memory and how we create our memories. The title story was the weakest, in my opinion. The opening story's style is a little too artificial (Chiang is trying too hard to capture some kind of Arabic/Middle Eastern vibe), but ultimately the story's concept overcomes the writing. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
What can I say? I was disappointed. The first story draws the reader in well enough, but then things get -- no, not erratic, that's too strong a term -- uneven. Two of the stories probably account for more than half of the book's pages. I'm not against varied length, but the two longer stories just happened to strike me as (1) aimed at Young Adult reader mentality, and (2) oddly, revealed author morality that I found (a) taken for granted as common to all by the author and (b) highly questionable, at least by my ethics, but, of course, that's just me. Some, perhaps most fiction readers don't care a fig about ethics, just drama, mystery, etc. I don't read for pleasure; I read for enlightenment. I don't think the author had the level of enlightenment to offer me what I wanted, even though he seemed to imply that he had lots of enlightenment to offer by what he wrote. Obviously, I'm not going to recommend this book, but I also don't know if most other readers will like it regardless. You're on your own on this one. ( )
  larryerick | Jun 30, 2021 |
Rating for the story titled 'Exhalation'. ( )
  MysteryTea | Jun 14, 2021 |
Exhalation: Stories is the award winning collection of short stories by Ted Chiang. The stories in this collection are one of my favorite types of science fiction stories - the what if? big picture stories. They are the types of stories that are not really about the characters or plot, but rather about a concept that the author has and then explores the implications of. What if there were time travel portals, what if we could talk to our counterparts in alternate universes, what if users could raise virtual pets and teach the a.i. to evolve and "grow up," etc. I found the stories in this collection caught my interests and made me think about the issues with futuristic technologies. I recommend this collection to anyone who likes similar style of science fiction stories. If you are looking for stories with deep characterization, or exciting plots, these might not be for you - but if you like wondering what if...these stories really deliver. ( )
  Cora-R | May 11, 2021 |
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Exhalation’s nine stories are … fine. A couple are excellent, most are good, a couple don’t really work. It feels like damning the book with faint praise to say so, but isn’t that exactly how short-story collections generally work?
toegevoegd door ScattershotSteph | bewerkThe Guardian, Adam Roberts (Jul 12, 2019)
 
I can’t think of another modern genre writer like him, myself: his tales make me think of the same sort of impact a Bradbury or a Heinlein story had in the Golden Age, where readers would read something just because it is written by the author.
toegevoegd door ScattershotSteph | bewerkSFFWorld.com, Mark Yon (Jul 6, 2019)
 
In the hands of a truly fatalistic writer, the premises and conceits in Exhalation would frogmarch us down the tired path to dystopia. But Chiang takes the constraints on our freedom as a starting point from which we have to decide what it means to act as if our decisions still matter.
toegevoegd door ScattershotSteph | bewerkBookforum, Mark Sussman (Jun 24, 2019)
 
Chiang is a writer of precision and grace. His stories extrapolate from first premises with the logic and rigor of a well-designed experiment but at the same time are deeply affecting, responsive to the complexities and variability of human life.
 
[Chiang's] voice and style are so beautifully trim it makes you think that, like one of his characters, he has a magical looking-box hidden in his basement that shows him nothing except the final texts of stories he has already written — just so he'll know exactly how to write them well in the first place.
toegevoegd door ScattershotSteph | bewerkNPR Books, Jason Sheehan (May 10, 2019)
 

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Ted Chiangprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Ballerini, EdoardoVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Blair, KellyOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Hoffman, DominicVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Kim, NaOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Landon, AmyVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Lew, BettyOntwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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My message to you is this: Pretend that you have free will. It's essential that you behave as if your decisions matter, even though you know they don't. The reality isn't important; what's important is your belief, and believing the lie is the only way to avoid a waking coma. Civilization now depends on self-deception. Perhaps it always has.
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But I and my fellow parrots are right here. Why aren't they interested in listening to our voices?
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Experience is algorithmically incompressible.
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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 twenty 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 this fantastical and elegant collection, 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.

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