The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1 - Wayfarers (Paperback)Becky Chambers (author)
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The first book to describe this brilliantly drawn universe, which we explore here alongside the crew of the Wayfarer – a quirky group of misfits on a mission to build a tunnel to a distant planet. Pleasingly progressive, compellingly plotted and richly characterised: this is space-opera at its most inclusive and exciting.
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016
As she woke up in the pod she remembered three things. First, she was travelling through open space. Second, she was about to start a new job, one she could not screw up. Third, she had bribed a government official into giving her a new identity file. None of this information was new, but it wasn’t pleasant to wake up to.
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much.
The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer.
The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.
Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years...if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.
But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
Originally a self-published novel that became a word-of-mouth bestseller, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet launched a powerful and exciting new voice in science fiction and an original new universe further uncovered in the stand-alone sequel A Closed and Common Orbit. When it comes to future novels, as the author herself says: ‘there's still a lot of space to cover.’
‘An action-adventure space opera… It is a quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism.’ – The Guardian
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 30 mm
'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
'One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages.' - James Smythe, author of The Echo
'One of the most delightful novels science-fiction that I've read in recent years.' - Citior SF *
'The Long Way is, very simply, an extremely good book, a seemingly effortless demonstration of how progressive and enjoyable science fiction can be.' - Pornokitsch
'A huge amount of space-opera-y fun, with some interestingly nuanced perspectives on gender woven into the whole.' - Adam Roberts, author of Jack Glass
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