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Exhalation (Digital Audiobook)


By Ted Chiang, Ted Chiang (Narrator), Amy Landon (Narrator), Dominic Hoffman (Narrator), Edoardo Ballerini (Narrator)

Publication Date: May 6, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/30/2020)
Hardcover (5/7/2019)
Paperback, Chinese (12/1/2019)
Paperback, Chinese (2/5/2020)
Library Binding, Large Print (11/27/2019)


“The universe began as an enormous breath being held.”

From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others—the basis for the Academy Award –nominated film Arrival—comes a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. These are tales that tackle some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only Ted Chiang 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.

About the Author

TED CHIANG was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and holds a degree in computer science. In 1989 he attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Workshop. His fiction has won four Hugo, four Nebula, and four Locus awards, and he is the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, has been translated into ten languages. He lives near Seattle, Washington.