Fantasy (Required Readings)

52 The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate

(2006)

Ted Chiang

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Another twist to SF and fantasy of the last ten years is the emergence of prominent international authors, and a more solid footing for authors of color. It is always interesting to note an absence when you finally observe a presence, and while there were (a few) black and Native American authors, and an increasing acceptance of woman authors, in the 20th century, you’ll notice very few, if any Asian names in “best of” anthologies before the 2000s. Well, that has changed, and this story is one of the ones leading the charge.

Librarian Note

Also available online through the WCC Library databases. The Merchant And The Alchemist’s Gate.

Citation

Ted, Chiang. “The Merchant And The Alchemist’s Gate.” Fantasy & Science Fiction 113.3 (2007): 135-160. Academic Search Premier.

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