ABOUT THE BOOK CLUB
If you like everything bagels, you'll probably like The Everything Book Club. We read the best of fiction and non-fiction, literary novels, mysteries, historical fiction, memoirs and more. We generally meet on the third week of the month at two convenient times and venues: Evening Zoom on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Daytime in Person at 1 p.m. (outside in the Avis Campbell Gardens behind the Library, weather permitting). You can switch from one meeting to another or skip a month...you are always welcome as long as we have enough room. Registration is required.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A science fiction novella about a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, scientific explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. By a Hugo Award-winning author.
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a truly unique and great science fiction novella about four astronauts on a life-long scientific mission to explore livable planets. They have complex interpersonal relationships that play out over time, and, interestingly, they transform their bodies instead of terraforming the planets. The explorers are put into suspended animation for extended periods of time while they travel between the planets. They may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that their 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. Chambers writes beautifully and insightfully and is a Hugo award-winner.
“With technical prowess and outstanding visceral imagery, Chambers packs an immense amount of story into a novella worthy of full-length praise.” - Publishers Weekly
“'To Be Taught, If Fortunate' steals the breath right from your chest consistently, constantly, without fail.” - Tor.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope. Having hopped around the world a bit, she’s now back in her home state, where she lives with her wife. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.