What’s Expected Of Us – Ted Chiang

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  1. The Merchant and the Alchemit’s Gate by Ted Chiang

    A Baghdad merchant discovers an alchemical device that can send a traveler back in time 20 years. Despite the alchemist’s warning that "what is made cannot be unmade," and three illustrative tales about others’ attempts to alter the past, the merchant is determined to return to an earlier time to save his long-dead wife. Half lyrical Arabian Nights legend and half old school cautionary SF tale, this skillfully written story and its theme of insurmountable fate may comfort as many readers as it makes uncomfortable.

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