Narration first appeared at and produced by Starship Sofa. Special thanks to Tony Smith and Ray Sizemore for their kind permission to resyndicate this award nominee.
By Ted Chiang
But in the normal course of life, our need for air is far from our thoughts, and indeed many would say that satisfying that need is the least important part of going to the filling stations. For the filling stations are the primary venue for social conversation, the places from which we draw emotional sustenance as well as physical. We all keep spare sets of full lungs in our homes, but when one is alone, the act of opening one’s chest and replacing one’s lungs can seem little better than a chore. In the company of others, however, it becomes a communal activity, a shared pleasure.
About the Author
Ted Chiang (Chinese name 姜峯楠 [Chiang Feng-nan]) is an American science fiction writer.
His work has won four Nebula awards, four Hugo awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and four Locus awards. His short story “Story of Your Life” was the basis for the 2016 film Arrival.
About the Narrator
Ray Sizemore is a voice actor, known for Adam’s Venture: Episode 3, Revelations (2012), Adam’s Venture: Episode 2, Solomon’s Secret (2011) and Adam’s Venture: Episode 1, The Search for the Lost Garden (2009).