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Becky Chambers (1) (1985–)

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (2018) 5,644 eksemplarer, 362 anmeldelser
A Closed and Common Orbit (2016) 2,825 eksemplarer, 172 anmeldelser
A Psalm for the Wild-Built (2021) 2,398 eksemplarer, 131 anmeldelser
Record of a Spaceborn Few (2018) 2,199 eksemplarer, 120 anmeldelser
To Be Taught, If Fortunate (2019) 1,637 eksemplarer, 118 anmeldelser
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (2021) 1,423 eksemplarer, 63 anmeldelser
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (2022) — Forfatter — 1,280 eksemplarer, 60 anmeldelser
The Vela (2019) 103 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
The Wayfarers Series: 4 Books Collection (2020) 16 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Good Heretic (2019) 16 eksemplarer
The Wayfarers Series: Books 1-3 (2019) 8 eksemplarer
Becky Chambers: Audible Sessions (2018) — Interviewed — 3 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser

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Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies (2017) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019) — Bidragyder — 71 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
2001: An Odyssey in Words: Celebrating the Centenary of Arthur C. Clarke's Birth (2018) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer, 13 anmeldelser
Lost Worlds & Mythological Kingdoms (2022) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Women Invent the Future (2018) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Clarkesworld: Issue 174 (March 2021) (2021) — Interviewed — 4 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Pandemonium Stocking Stuffer 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
BSFA Awards 2019 (2020) — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers LE i Folio Society Devotees (februar 23)


Very unusual and heart warming book, more focussed on the inter-species relationships than the jeopardy.
The characters are diverse, well described and generally likeable. I will definitely be carrying on with the series.
Narration is first rate too.
CraigGoodwin | 361 andre anmeldelser | Jul 10, 2024 |

** spoiler alert ** This didn't really grab me in the way I thought it would. The first third is quite slow, though it picks up a lot on the second and third planets explored. I love stories about space travel and found the time dilation interesting, though executed in a way I didn't expect.

Chambers explores the ethics of space travel, particularly a sort of reverse-*Alien* consideration - what do we bring to planets, and how may that impact them? (Of course, thinking about the examples throughout our history of colonization and infectious disease...) I liked that. I have some qualms with the closing pages that I'm going to write out in the following spoilered section...

There is a passage in the final third that made me sit the book down and go through some memories though. I write about that over on my SubStack here: https://tbindc.substack.com/p/home-sp....

[Okay - so there is a big focus on not impacting the local environment throughout the book. For most of the story, this as one of the prime directives of the crew makes sense. They seem quite happy to ignore it to escape from Opera as they fry up a few hundred leaching rats on the side of their ship in blasting off the planet's surface (in fact, our main character directly discusses it). They do this to carry on their mission and to survive.

Yet, when they are faced with the potential of Earth's (or, humanity's) destruction and wonder what to do, they make some really weird decisions. Ariadne suggests they go to another planet, out of reach but likely to sustain life. Yet, the crew says if they do this - they will have to live on the ship, in orbit. This really baffled me - that's a high fidelity to their value of not impacting the environment!

I hesitate to say it's not "realistic" because I don't exactly look for total fidelity to realism in science fiction. I do, however, find it a bit arrogant, and inconsistent with what they said previously in the book, where Ariadne mentioned that if just their presence impacted an evolutionary line, it wasn't that stable to begin with.

Sure, their mere presence and their living a life on a planet are not the same thing. That said, 4 people living in an isolated camp is not exactly the stuff of tectonic evolutionary changes. Or, maybe it is. I'll noodle on it a bit more.

That aside, I can say pretty firmly that I wouldn't surrender my agency to a distant and potentially destroyed planet. Sorry, folks!
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ThomasEB | 117 andre anmeldelser | Jul 4, 2024 |
I had been reading long novels and listening to long audio-books so this refreshing novella by Becky Chambers was a pleasant change of pace. My daughter and I agree that it would be a fine life to a traveling tea monk.
drthubbie | 130 andre anmeldelser | Jul 2, 2024 |
A fascinating story set in the future on a different planet. In this future robots develop sentience, and as a result, humanity reverts to a lifestyle pre-robots in order to respect the new lifeforms. The robots go off into the deep woods to live their lives, but promise to return one day to check up on humanity.

Enter the monk who, while experiencing an intense feeling of identity crisis and wanderlust, decides on a whim to change careers from gardening to tea. The majority of this book talks about the monk's path to becoming a tea monk, and how they become the best in their region. At some point, the monk, once again, finds themself with an intense feeling of wanderlust and identity crisis. So on a whim, they set out on a journey to a remote monastary in hopes that they will find a way to feel fulfilled. On the way, they come across one of the sentient robots who's duty it is to check up on humanity and find out what humans need. The rest of the book talks of their journey to the monastary and how they get to know each other and become friends.

I would call this novella a cosy read, and extremely relatable - especially as the main character describes their feelings of feeling unfulfilled in life even as they seem to be doing extremely well. The main character is also non-binary, so it's a good read for anyone looking for LGBTQ positive literature.

Looking forward to the next installment!
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H4ppyN3rd | 130 andre anmeldelser | Jun 28, 2024 |



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