Lite Reads Selection: ‘Exhalation’ by Ted Chiang

The Feminist Bibliothecary’s Lite Reads: Exhalation by Ted Chiang, #AAPIHeritageMonth #AsianHeritageMonth

Welcome to The Feminist Bibliothecary’s Lite Reads, where we read a different short story every week, and then discuss it here and on social media. This is our 116th selection, chosen with Asian Heritage Month (Canada) and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (USA) in mind. This week’s Lite Reads selection is Exhalation by Ted Chiang!

Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a science fiction short story that was originally published in Eclipse 2 in 2008 and later republished as part of the author’s 2019 collection Exhalation: Stories. The story won a BFSA Award, a Hugo Award, and a Locus Award. Written like a scientist’s journal entry meditating on concepts of life and death, the story is about a species of mechanical beings that breathe air.

Ted Chiang (1967-) is a USAmerican science fiction and fantasy author whose family originates from China. He has a degree in computer science from Brown University and he is currently an artist in residence at the University of Notre Dame. Chiang has been publishing fiction since the early 90s and is known for his short fiction (short stories, novelettes, and novellas). His short story collections include Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) and Exhalation: Stories (2019). Story of Your Life (1998), featured in his first collection, was later made into the movie Arrival (2016). Chiang has won numerous awards throughout his career, including multiple Nebula Awards, Hugo Awards, and Locus Awards, among others, as well as being nominated for numerous other awards.

You can read Exhalation by Ted Chiang on the Lightspeed Magazine website. You can also listen to an audio reading of the story at Escape Pod.

Please feel free to leave a comment here, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram. You can also join in on the discussion at Litsy by following @elizabethlk and the #litereads hashtag. You can find our full review on Saturday, May 8.


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