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tinkoo said in March 22nd, 2008 at 10:45 am

Several of Chiang’s stories are available for free; check the link on my name. Next week, I should be posting on 2 or 3 more of his stories (but they’re not free).

My understanding for this story was – first publication by Subterranean; then in F&SF.

“stories that involve people trying to change the time line to suit their interests”: Last week, I made a brief post on Bradbury’s “The Sound of Thunder” under Contento’s 10 most reprinted; will do a main post during next couple of weeks. It’s *the* most reprinted. Another very good & free from Analog is Hemry’s “Small Moments in Time”.

Abhisek Sanyal said in March 22nd, 2008 at 11:03 am

It is a beautiful story. Thanks for reviewing it and giving a link to its free version.

Rusty said in March 22nd, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Thanks Abhisek,

It was a great story and loads of fun to read! We should be thanking F&SF for printing a free version for us! I am going to try and track down some more of Ted Chiang’s stuff since I liked this one so much.

Rusty said in March 22nd, 2008 at 5:02 pm


Thanks for your links – Contento’s list looks to have some very good stuff on it. I have read “The Sound of Thunder” and liked it quite a bit. “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur” was another one that was really good too.

I wasn’t sure about the publication history, so thanks for letting me know.


[…] “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press; F&SF Sept. 2007) […]

Maria said in January 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I totally agree with your review. The story is amazing. Unfortunately the way-back machine link no longer works, but there is still an audio version at http://podcast.starshipsofa.com/podcast/Ted_Chiang_The_Merchant_and_the_Alchemists_Gate.mp3.

Rusty said in January 18th, 2009 at 2:00 am


Thanks for your comments. This was a great story, of course I am a huge fan of Ted Chiang, and I was glad to see it win some awards. Thanks for the podcast link! Hey, I just tried the Way Back Machine link above and it seemed to work for me, is anybody else having problems with it?