Exhalation’s flavor of sci-fi is unlike any other.
There’s a surgical precision with how Ted Chiang, the author, brings forth certain sci-fi concepts, such as time travel, multiple timelines, virtual pets and free will - and then peels the layers of complexity around the dilemmas and moral choices surrounding those scientific concepts.
The stories sound nothing short of bizarre on first glance - a merchant in Arabia travelling back in time, a button which can detect a fleeting second before your press, that you’re going to press it, an archaeologist believing in creationism, a prism splitting timelines - in the hands of any other author, the premise of these stories might itself sound laughable, but in the hands of Ted Chiang, these were thoughtful masterpieces.
It took a lot of effort to get through this book, but it was worth it.
Loving the simple things in life lately. We went for a walk by the lake today and found this water lily. I did not notice the flower’s reflection on the water until I looked at the photo later. Simple, but full of God’s glory and creative splendor!