Avi sez, "Starship Sofa has made Ted Chiang's marvelous arabesque time travel story 'The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate' available as a podcast."

Oh yes, thank you very much. I brake for Ted Chiang stories -- hell, I'd stop, drop and roll for a chance to read one.

MP3 Link, Text of the story (Thanks, Avi!)

See also: Short-story collection of the decade if not the century



  1. I have listened to this and I liked it. There’s some serious competition for the craphound podcast :-)

  2. I tried to listen to this, but I’m not used to hearing books read to me, so I read the text myself. Consider my mind comprehensively blown. I never read any Chiang before, and I will remedy that soonest. There’s just so much he’s doing right, it almost reaches the level of Kim Stanley Robinson in its sheer humanism and respect for the life of the soul…

    Thanks Cory!

  3. I’ve read all of Ted Chiang’s stuff I can find online. None of my local bookstores appear to carry him, and I have hang-ups about supporting the owner of the one-click purchase patent.

    Anyone know a good source to buy these online other than Amazon?

  4. i listened to this the other day and — wow! i was blown away by this story. highly recommended.

  5. #5: Thanks for the reply. I had seen that some online bookstores had one or two Chiang books. I blew them off because the selection seemed too limited.

    Now that I’ve looked more carefully at his Wikipedia page, apparently he only has two books published. I guess I’ll buy them from B&N online.

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