Monday, August 10, 2009

Hugo Award Winner: Chiang's Exhalation

It has long been said that air (which others call argon) is the source of life. This is not in fact the case, and I engrave these words to describe how I came to understand the true source of life and, as a corollary, the means by which life will one day end.
Ted Chiang's excellent short story "Exhalation" won a Hugo last night. The setting is an alien world where an argon-breathing metal scientist seeks to understand his world and himself. Admittedly, it technically isn't about biology - at least not carbon-based life - but if you read it for yourself I think you'll see the similarities.


Read Exhalation
Listen to a podcast of "Exhalation" @ Escape Pod or @ Starship Sofa


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3 comments:

Mishal said...

First, the previous comment is clearly a spam-plug.

Second, I know this because the story links are broken. *wink* Please fix?

Peggy said...

Ha, is it because the user's name is "Cheap Tickets"? or because s/he forgot to fill in the blank where the content of the post is mentioned. Anyway, all gone now.

And the link should now be working, if Blogger hasn't borked it. If not, you can get to it from this post at Night Shade Books. Thanks for pointing out the problem.

Mishal said...

The links work. Thank you!