This week’s Covetable Cover is Exhalation by Ted Chiang.
A more utilitarian look than I prefer but still a clever design. The book itself is a series of short stories described as ‘thoughtful science fiction’ which explore philosophical questions, much like fictional thought experiments. The award-winning movie, Arrival, was actually based on one of his previous short stories.
This book uses words rather than pictures as the tools to describe the book to the reader. It’s strong bold font on the first ‘Exhalation’ then it’s slow fading of the consequent words almost makes the book feel as if it is breathing, quickly at first and then slowing as we go down the page. There is a suggestion of a strong beginning and then a fading of something over time, which Chiang actually touches upon in one of the short stories contained within this book.
“The universe began as an enormous breath being held. Who knows why, but whatever the reason, I’m glad it did, because I owe my existence to that fact. All my desires and ruminations are no more and no less than eddy currents generated by the gradual exhalation of our universe. And until this great exhalation is finished, my thoughts live on.”
― Ted Chiang, Exhalation: Stories
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