To Be Taught, If Fortunate

To Be Taught, If Fortunate

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

Ariadne 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 listeners all over the world.

Title:To Be Taught, If Fortunate
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062936011
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    To Be Taught, If Fortunate Reviews

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    One of my newest favorite books.Becky Chambers has a way with words that makes every book she writes feel like home. I was sucked into this story from the first sentence ( If you read nothing else we'...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    WOW, this reminded me so much of why I love sci-fi and why I need to make it a priority to read more of it. Becky Chambers has such a knack for writing heartbreakingly human, character driven stories....

  • Nataliya

    “We have found nothing you can sell. We have found nothing you can put to practical use. We have found no worlds that could be easily or ethically settled, were that end desired. We have satisfie...

  • Charlotte May

    I’m sad I didn’t love this as much as I wanted to 😔 “We step out of our solar system into the universe seeking only peace and friendship - to teach, if we are called upon; to be taught, if we...

  • Petrik

    I have a Booktube channel now! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/petrikleo3.5/5 starsThis may surprise you, but unlike The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, I actually enjoyed reading To Be Tau...

  • carol.

    A travelogue with frankly underdeveloped characters and a bonkers ending--and I don't mean in the Gideon the Ninth kind of way. No, I mean in the Tana French, authorial choice kind of way. A metaphor,...

  • Joanne Harris

    Since I first read Joanna Russ' WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO... I've had a hole in my heart. This book healed it. This extraordinary novella proves that you don't have to write a long book to pack a big punch....

  • Phrynne

    This is a beauty. A novella which packs twice the punch of the average full length novel. A story of hope and a better future. An ending which makes you want to cry. Wonderful. I love well written sci...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    Becky Chambers is a freaking genius. If you have any interest in speculative fiction about where we as a species could be headed then you really need to pick up any of her books. 'To Be Taught If Fort...

  • Mrinmayi

    The moment Mrin realized that she did not enjoy FANTASY her go-to genre BUT ended up liking this book...This was me after reading this bookNO, I WON'T LET YOU GUYS KNOW THE PLOT OF THE BOOK!!!!I forbi...