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Record of a Spaceborn Few

3, Wayfarers

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Return to the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons, as humans, artificial intelligence, aliens, and some beings yet undiscovered explore what it means to be a community in this exciting third adventure in the acclaimed and multi-award-nominated science fiction Wayfarers series, brimming with heartwarming characters and dazzling space adventure.

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way.

But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life—and is it worth saving at all?

A young apprentice, a lifelong spacer with young children, a planet-raised traveler, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, and an Archivist whose mission is to ensure no one’s story is forgotten, wrestle with these profound universal questions. The answers may seem small on the galactic scale, but to these individuals, it could mean everything.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 18, 2018 – The delightful third book set in Chambers's Galactic Commons universe (after A Close and Common Orbit) takes place in and around the Exodan Fleet, the set of generation ships in which humankind left an ecologically destroyed Earth. Following humans' entry into the Galactic Commons, the Exodan ships were granted a star to orbit and given a lot of new alien technology. The effects of these things on the Exodan culture, which prioritizes resource conservation and does not use money, are far-reaching. A mother tries to deal with her daughter's new fears after a horrific disaster; a young man from a planetary colony tries to emigrate to the Fleet; an alien ethnologist comes to study the Exodan ways of life. The multiple narrators and seemingly unrelated plot lines converge thematically into an intensely powerful and multifaceted meditation on time, history, change, and memory, leavened with a welcome touch of humor. The characters are distinct and lovable, each shedding light on a different facet of the Fleet. Chambers uses the interconnections inevitable in such a small society to provide moments of both horrific pain and soaring grace, and to make it clear that those things are inextricably intermingled. This is a superb work from one of the genre's rising stars.

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A delicate story about people

I really enjoyed Becky Chambers previous two volumes in the Wayfarer series: When I saw a third volume had been released I jumped on it (conveniently timed after finishing a rather voluminous Brandon Sanderson novel; Chambers’ story is a much quicker read). Although the Wayfarer books are all “lightly connected", they are also mostly stand-alone. Admittedly, vol. 2 benefits a little from being read after vol. 1, but this third volume can be read any time relative to the other two (time-wise it mostly parallels volume 1).

Chambers’ strength are her impressionistic technique to bring endearing characters alive in a fascinating world (itself also impressionistically revealed). The stories are about people and humans in particular, but the aliens are also lifelike and in this particular story Harmagians get some elaboration (they appeared previously, but we get to know a little more about their society). There is a small amount of intrigue, and very little action: It’s all about character development, asking some interesting questions (not necessarily with clear-cut answers), and painting an imagined interstellar multi-species society. I cannot wait to see more of this work!

P.S.: I’m a long-time SF fan, but one of my teenage daughters (a more eclectic reader than I am) also loves this series.

A hope for our future

Becky has done an amazing thing with “Record of a Space Born Few:” she took an amazing fictional world – fleshed out with fascinating alien species and high sci-fi concepts – and grounded the whole with a thrilling new story for what humanity could accomplish should we evolve a long view toward our cycle of life, death, and subsequent life. Just…wow…I’ve not devoured a book like this in decades. Thank you for this gift of hope Becky. Please keep setting more works in “The Wayfarer” universe!

Record of a Spaceborn Few

The first two books in this series were superb and innovative. Unfortunately this one just meanders. There is no plot arc and the characters are uninteresting. In the end nothing really happens. It’s really unclear what the purpose of this novel is.

Record of a Spaceborn Few
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  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: Jul 24, 2018
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: 3, Wayfarers
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