Catalog

No items are due; no fines will accrue. Public libraries are not offering regular in-person library services right now.
Contact your library for local information about access to high priority items, drop-off/return locations, or to use digital services.

Record Details

Catalog Search



Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Pocono Mountain Public Library.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Pocono Mountain Public Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Monroe County Libraries. (Show)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Pocono Mountain Public Library F Chi (Text) 35540000059702 PMPL 2nd Floor Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781101947883
  • ISBN: 1101947888
  • ISBN: 9781101972083
  • ISBN: 1101972084
  • Physical Description: 350 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate -- Exhalation -- What's Expected of Us -- The Lifecycle of Software Objects -- Dacey's Patent Automatic Nanny -- The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling -- The Great Silence -- Omphalos -- Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom -- Story Notes -- Acknowledgments.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Short stories, American.
Genre: Short stories.
Science fiction.

Additional Resources