The Lifecycle of Software Objects

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The Lifecycle of Software Objects
The Lifecycle of Software Objects - bookcover.jpg
Hardcover edition
Author Ted Chiang
Original title The Lifecycle of Software Objects
Cover artist Christian Pearce
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fiction novella
Publisher Subterranean Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 150 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-1-59606-317-4 (first edition, hardback)

"The Lifecycle of Software Objects" is a novella by American writer Ted Chiang originally published in 2010 by Subterranean Press.[1]


This is Chiang's first novella to be published originally in hardcover. As of December 22, 2010, both the first edition and trade edition have sold out, but the novella remains available in second printing from Subterranean Press's website.[2]

The Subterreanean Press edition of the novella features ten internal paintings and cover art by Weta Workshop artist Christian Pearce.[3] Each of the novella's ten chapters is preceded by a map designed by Jacob McMurray.


"The Lifecycle of Software Objects" follows Ana Alvareda over a twenty-year period, during which she "raises" an artificial intelligence from being essentially a digital pet to a human-equivalent mind.


It won the 2011 Locus Award for Best Novella[4] and the Hugo Award for Best Novella.


  1. ^ [1] Archived December 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Chiang, Ted. "The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang — Subterranean Press". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Christian Pearce". Christian Pearce. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2011 Locus Award Winners". 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 

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