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To Be Taught, If Fortunate
By (author): Becky Chambers
9781473697164 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration Dec 24, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Forthcoming 176 pages Hodder Hodder & Stoughton

Adriane is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds, and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind, and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does. Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.

Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky's first book outside of the Wayfarer's series is sure to capture the imagination readers all over the world.

Becky Chambers is the author of the Wayfarers books, which currently include The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others, and won the Prix Julia Verlanger in 2017. She grew up in a family heavily involved in space science, and hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.

Chambers creates an energy of hope and determination with every word, bringing life to space travel and the wonders - and traumas - of Earth's possible futureLibrary Journal

[A] compelling exploration of home, family, and what makes us human in the midst of all that isn't, but could be. An extraordinary picture of humanity among the stars.—Kirkus Reviews

There's a quiet beauty to Chambers' writing that envelopes you in her story and holds you tight until the very end. Proof that a novel doesn't have to depth, meaning and intelligence.—CultureFly

Extraordinary . . . A future sci-fi masterwork in a new and welcome tradition—Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

Epic in the scale of discoveries but with a miniaturist's eye for detail, and as revealing of the observers as the observed. In a word, brilliant—Andrew Caldecott, author of Rotherweird

Becky Chambers takes space opera in a whole new and unexpected direction, her books bring me so much joy—Ben Aaronovitch, author of Rivers of London

An exquisite expression of our moment in time. Here's why we need to keep going boldly into space - not to exploit, but to learn. Impressive and essential—Stephen Baxter, author of Promixa

With deft prose and her usual flair for excellent characterization, Becky Chambers brings a cast of astronauts through time, space, and physical form to show us what it means to be human on this side of the galaxyLaura Lam, author of False Hearts and Seven Devils

The best speculative fiction currently being written . . . Becky Chambers is a wonder, and I feel better for having her books in my lifeJohn Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker Thrillers

Some of the most forward-thinking, inspiring science fiction out there . . . a joyful antidote to crushed spirits and a celebration of the power of curiosity, love, adventure and discoveryClaire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Rendered with startling clarity, Chambers' latest offering is a short but fierce ode to humanity and all our reaches and flaws. UnputdownableNatasha Ngan, author of Girls of Paper and Fire

Outstanding . . . Chambers packs an immense amount of story into a novella worthy of full-length praisePublishers Weekly, Starred Review

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