Sleeps With Monsters: The Spaceborn Communities of Becky Chambers

This week, I want to gush about Becky Chambers’ Record of a Spaceborn Few.

Becky Chambers writes novels that don’t have plots in the traditional science-fictional sense. We’re used to novels where every explosion is part of a conspiracy, every disaster planned, every death part of someone’s intent. Chambers’ novels apply gentle literary conventions to a science fictional setting: these are novels where character and theme are the most significant parts, and where the characters—richly human, believable, compelling—each in their own way shed light (or highlight) the thematic argument that Chambers conducts.

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Chambers’ third and latest novel, is an argument about change and continuity, community and belonging, and what it means to have (or have to find) a place in the world; what it means when the place you have in the world changes, or when it’s not everything you once thought it might ...