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Short Story: Exhalation

I really like Ted Chiang's science fiction short story Exhalation. You can listen to a reading of it here, it's about 45 minutes. Don't be scared by the accent of the guy you hear at the start. The guy who actually reads the story has a wonderful voice for the part.

Science fiction (well, any fiction, but especially science fiction) can make us reexamine something by making us look at it from a different perspective. When you're trapped inside a culture or way of thinking, sometimes it helps to escape by asking what an outsider would think of it all. Science fiction has lots outsiders to ask those questions!

I probably shouldn't say much about the story, other than that it's somewhat related to the concept of consciousness, and that it asks about existence itself. Your mileage may vary, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Reader Comments (3)

I'll look into it.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoie

This is deep and very inspiring. I love the way you bring up different topics here.
What a pity that such a widespread interest seems to be shared by only a few (as far as I can tell from the feedback in this thread).

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShoqueBoy

interesting story although it was somewhat of a downer :(

Although not said, the story struck me as some sort of long term observational experiment performed by beings ( perhaps humans? ) with trapping the "intelligent robots" into the chrome dome and seeing how they develop, although needing to eventually end the experiment ( hence the air dilemma )

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGabb
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