Can’t-Wait Wednesday: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, aka Waiting on Wednesday, is a weekly meme originating from Jill at Breaking the Spine and now hosted by Wishful Endings. If you’re interested in participating, stop by Wishful Endings to link up your posts.


At the turn of the twenty-second 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 sub-zero 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 explore neighbouring exoplanets long suspected to harbour life.

Ariadne is one such explorer. On a mission to ecologically survey four habitable worlds fifteen light-years from Earth, she and her fellow crewmates sleep while in transit, and wake each time with different features. But as they shift through both form and time, life back on Earth has also changed. Faced with the possibility of returning to a planet that has forgotten those who have left, Ariadne begins to chronicle the wonders and dangers of her journey, in the hope that someone back home might still be listening.

I think at this point I’ll read anything Becky Chambers writes, because I just love her work so much. Add that to the fact that I’m really enjoying novellas these days and I think one is going to be a win-win for me. To Be Taught, If Fortunate is set to come out September 3rd, 2019 from Harper Voyager.

17 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    I love Becky Chambers so I will definitely read this at some point
    BTW – unrelated – picked up a kindle copy of Goblin Emperor for 99p the other day – can’t wait to dig in.
    Lynn 😀

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I love Becky Chambers, her Wayfarers series is all very much hopeful sci-fi. The last books, Record of a Spaceborn Few is also very slice of life, which I loved. There’s just something about her writing that is touching to me.

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