Monday, June 14, 2010

Exhalation - Ted Chiang

Short Story

Number of words : 6600
Percent of complex words : 15.5
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Average words per sentence : 25.7


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 16.5
Flesch : 44.6
Flesch-Kincaid : 13.4




PEOPLE

Unnamed Scientist

Fearless self-experimenter for truth.


TECHNOLOGY

Lungs

Refillable with air and necessary for life.

Air dispenser

Used for filling lungs.

Argon

A gas, otherwise known as air.

Cognition engine

In the brain.

Lattices

In the brain.

Cerebal regulators

Preserve the ability to operate with reducing air.


PLACES

Filling station

Where you can use air dispensers.


CONCEPTS

Horologists

Measurers of time.

Anatomists

Studiers of the body.



ORGANISATIONS

Reversalists

Group with flawed theory about fixing the air problem.


PLOT

After noticing flawed measurements of time, a researcher sets out to auto-dissect his own brain, to see if he can find out what is going on. These are literally a somewhat a mechanical people, it seems, so he has some success.

He discovers that their world, or universe, is running short of the air they need to survive, and eventually they will all slow down and freeze. However, he realises that the air they lose here may give life to others, elsewhere.


5 out of 5

http://escapepod.org/2009/04/10/ep194-exhalation/

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/Exhalation%20-%20Ted%20Chiang.html

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