Author: Ted Chiang
Original language: English
Publisher: Night Shade Books, 2009
The story is epistolary in nature, taking the form of a scientist’s journal entry. The scientist is a member of a race of air-driven mechanical beings. When it is realised that a number of clocks simultaneously appear to be running fast but they do not appear to be malfunctioning, the narrator decides to explore alternate explanations. The scientist carries out an experiment which confirms his worst fears.