Announcing The New Novella From Becky Chambers: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

By Sam Bradbury

Posted on January 25, 2019 in News, Science Fiction with tags annoucement, becky chambers, if fortunate, novella, to be taught

Okay, okay, we’ve teased you enough for one day!

Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new novella from Becky Chambers: To Be Taught, If Fortunate. This completely standalone novella is set in a world where explorers of the solar system transform themselves in order to survive the harsh environments of the planets they visit.

Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky’s first book outside the Wayfarers universe is going to be EXCELLENT.

Just to confirm: this is not set in the Wayfarers universe and is completely standalone, but have no fear my fellow fans – you will love this just as much, if not more, than the Wayfarers (if that is even possible…). We can’t wait to share it with you guys!

Here’s the description:

Imagine a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves.

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.


To Be Taught, If Fortunate will be released in August 2019 and is available to preorder (Amazon: hardback, ebook, Waterstones and other stores: links to come) and add on Goodreads now. Stay tuned for more – we have lots more exciting news to come! 


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