Record of a Spaceborn Few
By Becky Chambers
From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope: The incredible new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: 'a quietly profound, humane tour de force.' (Guardian).
'The best speculative fiction currently being written' John Connolly.
*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*
From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope.
The incredible new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.
Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.
Tessa chose to stay home when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.
Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.
Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.
And when a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:
What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?
'Richly human, believable [and] compelling . . . underlain with a deep compassion and a feeling for community' Tor.com.
'Terrific. . . a masterly exploration of characterisation and diversity wrapped in intensity, heartbreak and tension.' Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat.
'An emotional, moving look at what it means to be human, and the importance of heritage and legacy' Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.
'Exactly what I hoped it would be and more . . . Moving in what feels like small personal ways but is actually big, universal ways and it is uplifting on the same scale' Forbidden Planet.
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 Bailey's 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.
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- Publication date:
24 Jul 2018
- Page count:
Hodder & Stoughton
PRAISE FOR RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW:
The best speculative fiction currently being written . . . Becky Chambers is a wonder, and I feel better for having her books in my life — John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker Thrillers
Richly human, believable [and] compelling . . . underlain with a deep compassion and a feeling for community — Tor.com
Terrific. . . a masterly exploration of characterisation and diversity wrapped in intensity, heartbreak and tension — Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
An intensely powerful and multifaceted meditation on time, history, change, and memory, leavened with a welcome touch of humor . . . This is a superb work from one of the genre's rising stars. — Publisher's Weekly
This novel was exactly what I hoped it would be and more . . . Moving in what feels like small personal ways but is actually big, universal ways and it is uplifting on the same scale — Forbidden Planet
An emotional, moving look at what it means to be human, and the importance of heritage and legacy — Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Both fascinating and entertaining... Becky's portrayal of humanity is generous, kind and honest — Geneveive Cogman, author of The Forbidden Library
Checks all the boxes . . . driven by well-drawn, likable, and diverse characters in a complex future world. — Barnes & Noble
'Relatable characters in a fascinating universe . . . the writing uplifts and captivates' — Gareth Powell, author of Embers of War
PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS:
Deeply moving... the sparky empathy of Chambers' writing [draws] you into these strange creatures' hearts and minds in a way that is never less than deeply involving. — Daily Mail
A joyous, optimistic space opera... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general). — Tor.com
A quietly profound, humane tour de force' — Guardian
Joyously written and a joy to read. — Claire North
It's a joy to read sci-fi this big-hearted and progressive... The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet is just so much fun to read, and we can't wait to see what Chambers does next. — SciFiNow
The Long Way is, very simply, an extremely good book, a seemingly effortless demonstration of how progressive and enjoyable science fiction can be. — Pornokitsch