Arrival and Exhalation Review

Review by Jim

Reading Ted Chiang’s thoughtful stories (collected in Arrival, previously Stories of Your Life and Others, then named for the movie, and Exhalation, one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2020) reminds me of reading Borges’s stories, though Chiang’s are less tightly wound.

A team of workers climbs the Tower of Babel to chisel a hole in the sky. A race of pneumatic creatures faces extinction. A doorway allows those who step through to meet their 20-years-older selves. The oldest story was published in 1990, the newest in 2015, a span of 25 years. Chiang must have thought over each of them for a long time.

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