I’m not sure how Becky Chambers does it, but in such a compact little book, she built a world that was at once familiar and very new.
I thought it was a short story collection, but really it was two stories.
A Desolation Called Peace is the sequel to the immensely satisfying A Memory Called Empire. How I describe the series to other people is basically diplomatic science fiction.
She, through a series of events, ends of the translator to Ampersand, an alien who is looking for a group of aliens who ended up on Earth 40 years previously.
The latest instalment in the Murderbot Diaries.
Essentially, there are a bunch of scientists who are all either being bribed or threatened, in very different ways, to stop the work they’re doing. Eventually they all get together and are trying to thrash out what could be going on. Is it a super advanced civilisation, is it coincidence, is it something else?
For the uninitiated, this is the final book in the Wayfarers series, a time in the future where there is a galactic community, with all their interesting histories and complications.
The main story centres around a planetary crime boss and her hired mercenaries, but really it’s about undercutting a bad corporation and helping an indigenous race on the planet escape possible destruction and/or exploitation.
Jillian is a young girl who has anxiety. She’s trying to keep it all together for a take your kid to work day, because her parents have the coolest job: they go to other planets to collect resources
This story centres around Vân (a scholar and teacher) and Sunless Woods, who is a mind ship and a scholar as well. Or so they both seem to be at the beginning, but then their real identities emerge through the story, as they both try to unravel a mystery.