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5 new short story collections to read for National Short Story Month

These short stories pack a big punch.

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Celebrated sci-fi short story author Ted Chiang, winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards and Best American Short Stories contributor, is back with a second short story collection, Exhalation – and the collection is quickly accruing a hailstorm of praise from authors and critics alike. “Ted Chiang’s stories are lean, relentless, and incandescent,” writes Colson Whitehead, while Karen Russell writes that “Ted Chiang writes with such a matter-of-fact grace and visionary power that one simply takes on faith that his worlds and his characters exist, whether they are human or robot or parrot; he is the rare author who makes me feel, also, that he believes in his readers, in our integrity and our imagination.”

The collection received starred reviews from Library Journal, BookPage, Kirkus, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly, the latter of which wrote that Chiang’s “stories are brilliant experiments, and his commitment to exploring deep human questions elevates them to among the very best science fiction.” 

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