Great Escape Book Club Online
The Great Escape book club invites members to step into other worlds and experience the best of speculative fiction (including science fiction, fantasy, and alternate reality).
This book club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month on Zoom. To get the Zoom link please register below.
This month we'll be discussing To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers.
In her new novella, Sunday Times best-selling author Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves.
Ariadne is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does.
Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.