If you’re in the mood for time travel stories with a Arabian Nights flavor, you’ll love The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate. Ted Chiang creates a series of intertwined tales about a merchant in Baghdad who has The Gate of Years. If you enter the Gate in one way, you travel 20 years in the future. If you enter the Gate the other way, you go back in time 20 years. Chiang’s clever tales explore the essence of time. Subterranean Press published The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate back in 2007. It swiftly sold out and became a pricey book. I’ve seen copies going for $200 on ABE. But Subterranean Press has recently made The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate available as an ebook so download a copy of pure delight.