Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Thinky, scientific, philosophical.

A collection of 10-odd short stories revolving around a few big questions.Ted Chiang’s writing is often compared to one of my favorite TV series, Black Mirror.

Ted Chiang lives up to that reputation, intertwining stories of humans in the backdrop of science and technology. Themes like free will, time travel, religion and science, the future of technology run through the length of the book. Ted manages to keep the plots fresh and interesting, however, the writing feels at times hollow and repetitive.

If you are new to these topics, this book and multitude of perspectives it provides to each topic will be definitely be engaging.

My favorite stories were:
– The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling
– The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate
– Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom
– Exhalation