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What would we do if we could visit our own pasts or futures? Are we more likely to change our timelines, or will our timelines actually project themselves back on to us more forcefully? This is the first discussion post of this beta-testing, informal TechCrunch book club , which is starting with the first short story in Ted Chiang’s science fiction collection Exhalation . Join us as we walk through each story in succession in the coming weeks and explore a wider expanse of technology and its effect on society. The first story in the collection is The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate , a compact, interwoven series of tales that discusses a time-shifting “gate” that allows people to ... Full story

14 January