Baltimore’s December Girly Book Club
Five and Dime Ale House, 901, West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA
In celebration of the holiday season, in addition to the book discussion this month, we are having a book gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped copy of one of your favorite books and write the first sentence of the book on the wrapping paper (or on a gift tag or note attached to the present.). We will play a game similar to Dirty Santa. For anyone who is new, we meet upstairs from the main restaurant floor, & everyone usually orders dinner. Five & Dime doesn’t charge us for the space, so we want to be good customers so they continue to welcome us back!
This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. 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 the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary Exhalation, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in The Lifecycle of Software Objects, a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: Omphalos and Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom.
In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion
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