Chambers’ sequel to A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet has been nominated for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel. (Sci fi fans will remember that Long Way was nominated for a James Tiptree Award.) So for stores trying to cultivate a fiction forward sci fi collection, Chambers is looking more and more like someone you don’t want to skip.
Couched in a space opera plot, with a voice that sometimes limns Douglas Adams, there’s a lot more under the hood here. These books are slyly issues-oriented, showing species co-inhabitating and celebrating their differences while also addressing cultural xenophobia and racism. As the Guardian noted of the first book, Chambers writes “[a] quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism.”
“As with her amazing debut, the power of Chamber’s second space opera is in her appealing characters […] Her protagonists might not all be human, but they possess more humanity than most”
— Library Journal (starred review)
A Closed and Common Orbit (9780062569400) by Becky Chambers. $16.99 trade paper original 3/14/17 on sale.