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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet : Longlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction - Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Longlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Paperback Published: 8th March 2016
ISBN: 9781473619814
Number Of Pages: 432

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When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years... if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

About the Author

Becky Chambers is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared at The Mary Sue, Tor.com, and elsewhere around the internet. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is her first novel. Born and bred in California, Becky lives with her partner in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Aquietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism. - Guardian

A joyous, optimistic space opera... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, PLANET is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general). - Tor.com

one of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages.

One of the most delightful novels science-fiction that I've read in recent years. - Citior SF

The Long Way is, very simply, an extremely good book, a seemingly effortless demonstration of how progressive and enjoyable science fiction can be. - Pornokitsch.com

A huge amount of space-opera-y fun, with some interestingly nuanced perspectives on gender woven into the whole.



An incredible read - captivating characters and universe full of diversity and uniqueness. I have never read a sci fi quite like it. It also tackles issues to do with the modern world, but remains an enjoyable read for the entirety of it. I am thoroughly attached to it, and have read it multiple times.



Food for though


The story is well written, but a little slow and drawn out. It uses a classic sci-fi formula, that's a little dated and predictable. This novel does provide food for thought though, as it gives a glimpse into what the future may be like.

Mackay, QLD


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ISBN: 9781473619814
ISBN-10: 1473619815
Series: Wayfarers
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 8th March 2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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