Becky Chambers – To Be Taught, If Fortunate


“Extraordinary…A future sci-fi masterwork in a new and welcome tradition.” (Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat)

A stand-alone science fiction novella from the award-winning, best-selling, critically acclaimed author of the Wayfarer series.

At the turn of the 22nd century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth using synthetic biological supplementations. They can produce antifreeze in subzero temperatures, absorb radiation and convert it for food, and conveniently adjust to the pull of different gravitational forces. With the fragility of the body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to journey to neighboring exoplanets long known to harbor life.

A team of these explorers, Ariadne ONeill and her three crewmates, are hard at work in a planetary system 15 light-years from Sol, on a mission to ecologically survey four habitable worlds. But as Ariadne shifts through both form and time, the culture back on Earth has also been transformed. Faced with the possibility of returning to a planet that has forgotten those who have left, Ariadne begins to chronicle the story of the wonders and dangers of her mission, in the hope that someone back home might still be listening.

Author: Becky Chambers
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Released: 19 Mar 2009
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

hop bare

Imagine a future where we send a group of astonishingly passive astronauts to other planets to do nothing. They look, they have lots of feelings, they learn nothing of importance, they have more feelings.
That is this story. The closest thing to a conflict is a contamination issue that reads like a 7 year old dealing with the death of a goldfish. There is no growth and no discernible underlying lesson.

If you enjoy good scifi you will not find any here.