The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

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Subterranean Press, 2007 - Fiction - 60 pages
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In medieval Baghdad, a penniless man is brought before the most powerful man in the world, the caliph himself, to tell his story. It begins with a walk in the bazaar, but soon grows into a tale unlike any other told in the caliph's empire. It's a story that includes not just buried treasure and a band of thieves, but also men haunted by their past and others trapped by their future; it includes not just a beloved wife and a veiled seductress, but also long journeys taken by caravan and even longer ones taken with a single step. Above all, it's a story about recognizing the will of Allah and accepting it, no matter what form it takes.

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

Another excellent story by Ted Chiang... actually, it's three stories, set in a framing device. In the medieval Middle East, an alchemist has developed a kind of time machine. When a potential ... Read full review

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User Review  - bunwat - LibraryThing

For some reason I was not expecting this to be quite so short. Even though the description says its a novelette. I guess because it was not in an anthology I thought there was going to be a little bit ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
24
Section 3
34
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About the author (2007)

Ted Chiang is a celebrated science fiction writer and the author of numerous short stories, including "Exhalation," which won the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Locus awards. He lives near Seattle.

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