Framing the Dialogue

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Imagine a world where humans are a lower life form saved from the brink of extinction by higher life forms.  Humans are not highly regarded.  That’s the world in the “GC” where we meet the crew of the Wayfarer with a mixed crew of different species and life chaotic and crazy.  In The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet the crew’s job is to bore wormholes between different planets creating a shortcut between different worlds.  A new crew member with deep secrets has to work to fit in to the new crew and to get used to the dangerous work that they all do.

“She had flickered into consciousness several times since launch—surfacing in confusion, falling back just as she’d gotten a grasp on things. The pod was dark, and there were no navigational screens. There was no way to tell how much time had passed between each waking, or how far she’d traveled, or if she’d even been traveling at all. The thought made her anxious, and sick.”

When oddly offered a tunneling to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years.  Though this planet is inhabited by very hostile and militant beings…oh and they’re dangerous and unpredictable.  Probably why the job is so lucrative.

This was an interesting read and just enough sci-fy for me.  Learning about the new species was interesting and a tribute to author, Becky Chambers’ imagination.



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