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Exhalation – tekijä: Ted Chiang
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Exhalation (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Ted Chiang (Tekijä)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Exhalation
Kirjailijat:Ted Chiang (Tekijä)
Info:Picador (2020), 208 pages
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Exhalation: Stories (tekijä: Ted Chiang) (2019)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 82) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Es uno de los mejores libros de relatos de ciencia ficción que he leido nunca. La mayor parte de los relatos da vuelta acerca de dos temas principales, Nuestra relación con el tiempo y el futuro, y cómo una tecnología muy avanzada puede modificar nuestra concepción de la realidad o nuestro comportamiento.

Viajes en el tiempo, máquinas que nos ponen en contacto con nuestros yo de otras realidades paralelas, conocimientos científicos que socavan el conocimiento sobre el pasado o el futuro de sociedades enteras, artefactos que ponen en aprietos la existencia del libre albedrío... Todos ellos son instrumentos en este libro para hacernos reflexionar sobre cómo nos relacionaremos con futuras inteligencias artificiales, o con nosotros mismos ante la posibilidad de conocer que rumbo tomaría nuestra vida al haber tomado una decisión u otra diferente. ¿Qué sería de nosotros al saber que nuestro futuro está predestinado? ¿por qué buscamos comunicarnos con seres extraterrestres cuando no podemos comunicarnos con ninguna otra especia animal sobre la faz de la tierra?

En uno de los relatos nos plantea laa existencia de dos clases de verdad: la verdad de los hechos, que podríamos considerar que es la verdad objetiva, y la verdad de los sentimientos, que es la verdad que construimos con el paso del tiempo formada por recuerdos o por los relatos que nos hemos ido contando sobre los hechos acontecidos. Y como esas dos verdades pueden afectarnos en el presente. Cómo los recuerdos pueden ser autoengaños que nos contamos para hacernos la existencia más llevadera o cómo la verdad objetiva puede no ser el relato que más nos convenga para tomar decisiones sobre el presente o el futuro. ( )
  raulvilar | Sep 11, 2021 |
Hugo 2020 Nominations (Best Novelette & Best Novella);

Best Novelette: “Omphalos” | 2.5 stars
I found this story very strange, honestly. It was interesting seeing the science as the strut holding up religion, only to see science become the harbinger of the destruction of that strut as well. I did like the parts about the rings in trees, on shells, and then of the parts that were pre-time on trees, on shells, and even on the mummies.

I didn't find myself enjoying the read much though. It was dry, and I didn't get any emotional attachment to any of the characters or feel we got to see much of what happened after the "twist" in the story.

Best Novela: “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom” | 3 stars

I was about 1/3rd of the way into this one before O let myself fully settle on the fact the problems I addressed in the earlier review (distance, less emotional connection) were, also, present in this story. The second got a little better the closer the story tied itself to Nat and, in two different places only, Dana.

I did find this concept intriguing, especially as it applied to weather and historical events. It was very balancing to have the worst of people using them, against people, turned on its head to the two things we got from them at the very end, too. A very solid 3 happened in here, with the rays of hope the ending walks toward. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
Some of the stories I enjoyed a lot. But others got their thesis across half way through the story only to go on for another hour along the same lines. Overall it was worth reading but I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. Only 2 or 3 of the stories are really worth reading. ( )
  Finn-Williams | Aug 21, 2021 |
I’ve been trying to read through some of the novel and novella nominees for the Nebula awards this year, and that’s when this collection of stories came onto my radar. I was also quite disappointed in myself that I had never heard of such an accomplished Asian SFF author and immediately decided to read the whole collection, not just the nominated story. And wow was this a revelation. The stories here are written beautifully and they cover such a wide range of topics and I was also impressed by how scientific and technical the author could be in his writing while also raising some immensely philosophical questions which would make us think for a long while. And I was even more fascinated by the reasoning behind why the author chose to tell each story and what was his inspiration behind them. I’m totally gonna checkout his other works and I would recommend you do the same.

The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate

A very beautifully written philosophical tale about past and future, the importance of forgiveness, repentance and atonement and the joy in following God’s teachings. The story within a story within a story format was very intriguing, and while I was confused slightly sometimes, the stories were like parables with interesting lessons and I enjoyed them a lot.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Exhalation

This was very sciency and full of technical jargon, but the idea of an augmented human performing brain dissection on themselves to understand its working mechanism was fascinating to read about. There is a lot more going on here but ultimately, it’s about marveling at the life we have and the universe we live, gain knowledge and take joy in all our experiences without worrying about the end which is inevitable.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What’s Expected Of Us

This was a fascinating tale about what would happen if humans realize there is no such thing as free will and everything is predetermined, and what kind of consequences can occur due to this shattering of the illusion. And even though I didn’t understand it completely, that last line was a master stroke.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

The Lifecycle of Software Objects

Firstly, this was too long compared to the usual lengths of short stories and I won’t deny that I got bored quite a bit. It raises a lot of philosophical and ethical questions about creating digital animals in the virtual world and then raising them almost like children, what types of expectations can we have from them, can we apply human growth and cognition standards to them, how much consent can they give, what’s the difference between an AI that develops through experience vs an AI that is developed algorithmically etc etc. These are all interesting questions to ponder and kept me engaged for a while, but when the discussion turned towards the morality of humans having sex with actual animals, I kinda lost it. And the ending is also very open and I felt like such a long story deserved a more concrete conclusion.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dacey’s Patent Automatic Nanny

Another intriguing story about how a child’s cognitive and physical development depends on the kind of care they receive in their infancy and early years. The implications of the use of a mechanical nanny as described in the story are so fascinating and it definitely makes me think how the use of devices by children since very young is affecting them in our present day and age.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling

Told through two stories - one historical and one in a technologically advanced setting, this has many philosophical questions but ultimately it’s about the nature of truth and memory - how there is written word or digital memory which can be relied upon to be objective truth, but there’s also oral history or the memories that we remember which are a part of who we are and in their case, their objectivity doesn’t matter because they are the truth that we believe. The story goes quite deep into these discussions and I found it very fascinating.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Great Silence

A heartbreaking story narrated by a parrot, this is about the creation of the universe and the huge aspirations of humans to contact extra terrestrial life but how we continue to ignore and neglect the species that coexist with us.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Omphalos

Written as a series of diary entries by a scientist addressing God, this is about her complete faith in God and her belief that her scientific and archeological endeavors are all in tune with her faith, finding out more about how God created humanity. But when some contradictory scientific claims are made, she has to grapple with uncertainty in her faith and what it means to have a purpose that is not in service of God. Another fascinating story with lots to think about, and definitely one I found very relatable.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom

A story about quantum divergence and how our actions or any small change in weather or anything not even related to us occurred, it would be spawn multiple timelines of ourselves . I found the idea of communicating with our alternate selves using devices utterly intriguing but it was the myriad of questions it raises about free will, actions and consequences, how much different or similar we can be across the different timelines, the morality of being able to communicate or selling such devices etc was what that made it so compelling. I know I’m probably not explaining it well but this was a great story and I definitely understand why it’s a Nebula nominee.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 82) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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?
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

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O might caliph and commander of the faithful, I am humbled to be in the splendor of your presence; a man can hope for no greater blessing as long as he lives.
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Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.
--"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate"
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.
--"What's Expected of Us"
But I and my fellow parrots are right here. Why aren't they interested in listening to our voices?
  We're a nonhuman species capable of communicating with them. Aren't we exactly what humans are looking for?
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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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