The collection, entitled Exhalation, written by science fiction author Ted Chiang was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2019. It includes nine unique and fascinating short stories. Among them, seven stories had been published before and won Hugo and Nebula awards. Two stories original to this collection are very impactful as well. These stories feature time travel, robots and artificial intelligence, and they also explore many aspects of our ever-changing world, such as forgiveness, parenting, technology ethics, climate change, and relationship between human memory and technology. The author treats readers and the topic of science fiction with respect, exploration and intimacy. He creates the world where readers would question their place and participation in them. As Paul Di Filipppo stated in his book review published in Washington Post (May 3, 2019): “Chiang’s stories are uniformly notable for a fusion of pure intellect and molten emotion. At the core of each is some deep conceptual notion rich with arcane metaphysical or scientific allure. But surrounding each novum is a narrative of refined human sensitivity and soulfulness that symbolically reifies the ideas. While this combination represents the ideal definition and practice of all science fiction, it’s seldom achieved.” Publishers Weekly also published a book review that praised Chiang’s standout collection as introducing “life-changing inventions and new worlds with radically different physical laws. In each, Chiang produces deeply moving drama from fascinating first premises.” New York Times listed this collection as its 10 Best Books of 2019. This book has won the 2020 CALA Best Book Award (Categroy: Fiction/Poetry).
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Chiang, Ted, “Exhalation,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed October 2, 2023, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/770.