The Lifecycle of Software Objects
|Original title||The Lifecycle of Software Objects|
|Cover artist||Christian Pearce|
|Genre||Science Fiction novella|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Pages||150 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||978-1-59606-317-4 (first edition, hardback)|
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.
The Subterreanean Press edition of the novella features ten internal paintings and cover art by Weta Workshop artist Christian Pearce. 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.
-  Archived December 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Chiang, Ted. "The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang — Subterranean Press". Subterraneanpress.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Christian Pearce". Christian Pearce. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Announcing the 2011 Locus Award Winners". Tor.com. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
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