#MainstreamMadness – THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers

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It’s a fantastic time for geek culture; there’s a proliferation of sci-fi/ fantasy film and television programming coming out, and thanks to digital readers, any novel is merely a single click away. This does mean, though, that it takes a bit more for a new name to gain recognition. In 2012, when Becky Chambers launched her Kickstarter campaign for THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET, that’s exactly what she did. This rollicking, clever ride of pure science-fictiony goodness wasted no time in getting fully-funded for publication—and subsequently, in being picked up for traditional publication by Harper Voyager in the U.S. (and Hodder & Stoughton in the U.K.).

In the intervening years, THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET has had a staggered release schedule, slowly going on-sale in a variety of formats and territories…and gaining major recognition from critics, peers, and award committees along the way, receiving nods from the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Bailey’s Prize, and the Kitschies, to name a few. Now, on July 5th 2016, Becky Chambers’ powerhouse of a debut novel will be available in print (as well as digitally) wherever books and e-books are sold.

Chambers’ debut is a love-letter to classic science-fiction: fans of original Star Trek, Firefly, and Farscape will gravitate towards the elements that originally made them fall for out-of-this-world science fiction tales…and revel in the fact that Chambers updates her work with modern, inclusive ideas on race, gender, and sexuality—yet somehow keeps the whole stellar story light, fun, and optimistic. LONG WAY is a character driven, exploring every aspect of the lives of the crew members of the Wayfarer: a ragtag, charming spaceship charged with boring wormholes—or, effectively, highways— through deep, uncharted space.

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Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

 

Praise

“There’s no two ways around it: Becky Chamber’s debut novel…is probably the most fun that you’ll have with a space opera novel this year. It’s exciting, adventurous, and the cozy sort of space opera that seems to be in short supply lately.”
—io9.com

“Becky Chambers’ debut is a joyous, optimistic space opera … that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general).”
—Tor.com

“It is a quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism.”

—The Guardian

“I’m hard pushed to find fault in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, and only wish that more science fiction would deliver even half of what can be found within these pages. Highly recommended.”
—SFF World

“…Chambers’ episodic adventure is the definitive refutation to those folks in the SF world who believe social justice has no place in science fiction…The worldbuilding is excellent, the cast is filled with sympathetic and colorful characters and it expertly balances comic highs with emotional lows. This is the best of what science fiction can and should be.”
—RT Book Reviews “Top Pick” Review

“Great fun!”

—Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice
“One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realized spacey SF novels I’ve read in ages.”

—James Smythe, author of The Echo and The Explorer

“Humane and alien, adventurous and thoughtful, vast in its imagination and wonderfully personal in the characters it builds. But above all else, it is joyously written and a joy to read.”
—Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

 

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Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist. An inevitable space enthusiast, she made the obvious choice of studying performing arts. After a few years in theatre administration, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her creative work has appeared at The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Five Out Of Ten, The Toast, and Pornokitsch. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is her first novel, and was funded in 2012 thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. After living in Scotland and Iceland, Becky is now back in her home state, where she lives with her partner. She is an ardent proponent of video and tabletop games, and enjoys spending time in nature. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.

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