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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

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Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016.

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... The astonishing self-published debut novel that says 'will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general).'


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The crew of the Wayfarer is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian 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.


'One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages.' -- James Smythe, author of The Echo

About the Author

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,, Five Out Of Ten, The Toast, and Pornokitsch.

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31st December 2015


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


432 pages


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