Ted Chiang, "Exhalation," with Joshua Rothman

May 15, 2019, 7:00 PM

143 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

“The universe began as an enormous breath being held.”

From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others—the basis for the Academy Award –nominated film Arrival—comes a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. These are tales that tackle some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only Ted Chiang could imagine.

In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.

Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory.


Ted Chiang will be joined in conversation by Joshua Rothman, whose 2017 profile of Ted Chiang can be read here.

Ted Chiang was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and holds a degree in computer science. His fiction has won numerous awards. His first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, has been translated into ten languages and was adapted into the Oscar-winning film Arrival. He lives near Seattle, Washington.

Joshua Rothman, the ideas editor of newyorker.com, has been a writer and an editor at The New Yorker since 2012.