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To Be Taught, If Fortunate

A Novella

By Becky Chambers

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In her new novella, Sunday Times bestselling author Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves.

In her new novella, Sunday Times bestselling author Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves.

*FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR*

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 audiobook outside of the Wayfarers series is sure to capture the imagination of readers all over the world.

PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS

'Becky Chambers is a wonder, and I feel better for having her books in my life' JOHN CONNOLLY

'Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination' iBOOKS

'So much fun to read' HEAT

'This is a superb work from one of the genre's rising stars' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time' iO9

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Biographical Notes

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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PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS:
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
A quietly profound, humane tour de forceGuardian
So much fun to read — Heat Magazine
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
Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination — iBooks
The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time — iO9
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
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 — Publishers Weekly
Moving in what feels like small personal ways but is actually big, universal ways and it is uplifting on the same scale — Forbidden Planet
Checks all the boxes . . . driven by well-drawn, likable, and diverse characters in a complex future world — Barnes & Noble
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