Tower of Babylon (story)

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"Tower of Babylon"
Author Ted Chiang
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novelette
Published in Omni
Publication type Magazine
Publication date November 1990

"Tower of Babylon" is a science fiction novelette published in 1990 by Ted Chiang. It won the 1991 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and was nominated for the 1991 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[1] The story deals with what the world would have been like if the universe really matched the geocentric model of the old Babylonian cosmology, where the earth is in the centre of layers of celestial spheres.

Plot summary[edit]

The story follows a young miner from the town of Elam who ascends the tower of Babylon to help break through the vault of heaven. Along the way, he sees many wonderous sights, uncovers mysteries of heaven and earth, but, in the end, finds them as inscrutable and unexplainable as ever.