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"becky chambers" Discussed on Genre Junkies | Book Reviews
"It's so magical. There's a quote that i love that. Any technology sufficiently advanced as possible from magic. Oh and this is magic. I don't remember einstein while you know what i think. That's a great one. That's your homework listeners. Home as i said that quote. It's a great quote. I do love in. It's pretty Seems to wrap you up in a nutshell. Pretty well that quote you know since we're in a sifi episode. I love scifi books and stories that have to do with a virtual reality our grass war cross song for a new day so many and reading those always like. Oh it's so far away. I don't feel like it's really that far away after experiencing that it was incredible and that was the first thing scott said when he put it on. He's like sandra. It's cross so marie lu. I shout out. Okay so i think we gotta talk about this master whole so. Let me tell you a little bit about the plot of a closed and common orbit by becky. Chambers loveless was once merely ships artificial intelligence when she wakes up in a new body. Following total system shutdown reboot. She has no memory of what came before as loveless learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is. She makes friends with pepper and excitable engineer. Who's determined to help her. Learn grow together. Pepper and lovey will discover that no matter how vast spaces t people can fill it together. I a really sweet. Little synopsis is a sweet synopsis. And it's not wrong. I think it's a good jumping off point for the story. i agree you know becky chambers. It seems like she has a theme and that is Exploring humanity or sentence at least the the living experience and this book takes that idea where small angry planet left off and turns it up to eleven. So what would be your experience like. I am absolutely obsessed with this book. I'm obsessed with yes it has. I've been thinking about it since i finished it as i was reading it. There is not a book that i can think of. That has made me cry more and more times than this book. I okay. I mean a realty real tears. I know i hear you. I cried a couple of times reading this book. I'm completely obsessed too. I for review where we try to have a little space a little buffer. But sometimes when something hits you it just hits you. I am unabashedly obsessed with becky chambers writing. I don't wanna say. I liked this more than the first one because i love to the first one and i loved the characters and i just can't i you know i don't really think that's fair but i mean i might like them the first one. I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters. I love how the story was told. There's some flashbacks we get to you. You know see pepper who we met in the first book. We'll talk about the characters a little more in depth that we get to see a little bit of the weird way she grew up. And then you know with levy.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Genre Junkies | Book Reviews
"Weirdo bookworm unite. We want to share our love of genre fiction with you. Some readers out there may look down on you for your love of horror sci fi fantasy but not us stop by as we discuss what we've been reading. Hey it sandra scott. We're your giambra. Junkies will come welcome. Welcome shoe a sci-fi episodes. It's been a while they see me. It has been. It has been too long since we've done a sci-fi episode not allowed not okay. It's been too long. And we decided to just plunge right ahead with the way fares book to buy becky chambers now. Of course these books are stand-alones. We have already reviewed the first one a long way to a small increase planet and this one is a closed and common orbit but again this. These are standards. It helps like this would be helpful if you read. The first one is just. Because i think you're going to be more invested in the characters. But she wrote this. She's writing this series as stand-alones i will say since is said in the same universe. There's minor spoilers from the first book. Yes so i mean i read them. If you're going to read them i would say. Read them in order. But it's not necessary and as we'll go into. This book is different than the first one. And so the first one didn't appeal to you for some reason. Just because you have no heart if you listen back and this was you know. This was on our end of the year. Best of list. I mean my gosh i just. I'm really excited to talk to you about this kinda synopsis. Is it in a moment here. But i thought maybe we should share some things with the people. Do you think all right. Let's let's let's share some things. So i think our collective thing we can recommend is wanda vision. Oh yeah we're we're loving. It were caught up so we're able to watch every week which is great. My expectations were not terribly high for the show so to say that it exceeded my expectations is not necessarily saying much. It is really good. It's one of my favorite marvel stories so far. My expectations were incredibly high Unfairly probably not. It's disney plus it's you and They have been met and dare. I say exceeded. I'm incredibly happy..
"becky chambers" Discussed on I Read Comic Book
"This weekend I read comic books we are talking about are good reads book of the month, which was picked by our wonderful people over at the good reads group on a Sunbeam. By Tilly Walden published by first second publishing, originally published as a web comic that you can read all online right now on a SUNBEAM DOT COM. It's not the exact same thing as you're going to get in the end, but for the most part the story is the same, so you can go and read that if you want to pause the episode and come back to that after you've gotten through all twenty chapters all five hundred thirty six pages of this Oh jen. And before we get into discussion I, want to warn you full spoilers for this huge book called on a Sunbeam. If you haven't read it, we're going to spoil the whole Ding Dang. Things will get ready Kate Kate. What did you guys think of this? This is a huge book. I'm so glad that the good reads. Folks picked it, but I wanNA know what you guys thought of this. This volume I loved it so much. It didn't feel huge to me because I just like it was so good that I was losing track of time as I read it I like straight up missed a meeting because I. didn't set an alarm because I didn't think I needed to. But I get sucked in that I just read for like two hours straight and then was like Oh shit. So I like. Part of it is that is just like super up my alley. In in terms of things, I, like like I love space operas like a long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers and it definitely reminded me a lot of that like the found family asked back. There is a spaceship crew. There's a lot of LGBT representation There's like an interesting interplanetary history and politics and stuff that are part of it, but then it has the added piece of just like core. Gis Art work to go with it that an. It was just it was everything I love that everyone in this book is a girl those. Girls Girls being into girls and being in space. Like how? I mean this book I think is the quote on the back should be. The future is female, and that's it right. Single male character in this book I don't think there is no. I was trying to search through it and I think someone on the good reads also brought that up. I could not find a single non female character unless there was something in the background I, mean non guess there were no mail. Anywhere There's yeah. Yeah, there's no specifically male characters to my memory so. What did you think lanphier I saw it as a truly gigantic book, I was very. Overwhelmed with the size of it and yet I still read it in two sittings, so it's it's very organic story. It's very. It's a very quick read. Even though there are so many pages I don't think that there's really that much dialog in comparison to the page count. I thought that this book was incredibly creative. Like all of the spaceships are Koi fish. And Like. The main occupation that we hear about in the story is building restoration in space, and some of its on planets in some of its on asteroids, and some of us just buildings that seem to be floating by themselves, and like that's enough of an occupation to make it. You know you need whole teams in the whole company is that are organized to do these things? And, that's that's really like it informs a lot of back story of this universe without spelling. Anything out like it doesn't tell us that space was colonized and that there there are all of these places that have been abandoned they're now being changed into schools and museums and such like it's implied that there there are tons and tons of people that travel through space that have used these buildings and are going to continue to use these buildings, but but we don't see all of that like it's just. It's so much world building, but it's so tight and it doesn't really look. Look all that much. Past our main characters, so that you get the story that you want with the people that the story is about Yikes very character driven. Yeah. and then there was the the staircase which seems I think it's like an asteroid belt or a giant asteroid for when I pick up. But. It's crumbling, so all of the people that live there have moved underground, and they're all these territory district disputes, and it's just this whole. Gosh? I don't know it's just something that I haven't seen in science fiction. necessarily. That just the idea that like this. This place has not been completely evacuated. Even though it's falling apart, people are staying there because it's their home and they're. They're trying to make ERC even though the planet could crumble on them at anytime. There's like a wild west frontier kind of idea that I think that they they established in the in the story of you know. There was this large vast unexplored parts of space that were habitable and people just kind of journeyed out, even though it was against the law to do that and they settled, and then they decided. You know what a lot of places were like okay. Okay. We will abide by these laws, and whatever and will come become part of the collective empire. Whatever I don't remember what they call. It except for the staircase, and then so the rest of the universe arrested this empire turned on them, and so they turned on on empire as well saying there's GonNa. Be No connection between our two societies, which I thought was really interesting. But, yeah, again it. All of stuff establishes this huge kind of implied. sci-fi lower that I think other stories they would spend pages dedicated to explaining maybe not directly like with pros buy character, interactions, or someone has to do with working on the other side of the law, and instead we get a lot of that in the majority of it very late in the story after we've already established all of our characters, you know we've got. We've established the ship, which was char, Alma Elliott Audrey and Mia, our protagonist, and then we get this other side of the story, which is mia in school who meets meeting grace, and she's got some other friends while they're not really friends, but some other people that she interacts with and. It's interesting to see that even by the midway point. I think it's a chapter. Ten is when we really start to get the the world building Lord, but that's so not important to the story that I think we've already been hooked into which is MIA and grace developing this relationship and MIA working on this ship, and she's meeting and understanding all the people that work on the ship like Char and Elma and Elliot have this very tight knit thing and audrey who is almost Niece is trying to break into then she's like well. We're all part of crucial. We should all be like friends and very very tight and be a family essentially, and we see them grow. Grow before we even get any of the real lord of the story outside of their builders, they go fix things that will be turned into other things I on that stupendous did a really good job of you functionally know what Mia who is just out of high school knows and you care about nc the things that she like cares about and so like she doesn't care like that. She doesn't isn't thinking about the history of the universe kind of thing until that becomes relevant to the story, what she's interested in trying to figure out the dynamics of the crew and her new job and stuff like that, and so I was really good, and she's clearly dealing with something. Like Mia comes into the story kind of I don't WanNa. Say disheveled, but she comes into the story kind of being uncertain she is, and she thinks that working on the ship finding a position where she can do work, and and be a part of crew will actually help fix whatever is wrong with her in this whatever that thing? That is wrong with her in heavy quotes there. Seems to be stemmed from this loss. Love that she had when she was in school, and we don't really know how that comes to be until the very like middle of the book where we DECI- over here about what actually happened in the final days before. Grace left the school, and why me couldn't see her, and I was so impressed with how Tilly Walden. On me a story and she gave us like day by day. Month after month of story between her and grace, and going to school, and not doing well, but the their relationship kind of kept me a sane and. Then when grace leaves in Mea finally explains Oh. There were other friends..
"becky chambers" Discussed on Genre Junkies | Book Reviews
"Well let's let's. Let's talk about the book all right. Let me tell you about the long way to a small angry planet by Becky. Chambers Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging wayfair while the patched up has seen better days offers her a bed a chance to explore the far off corners of the galaxy and most importantly some distance from her past in introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself. She's never met anyone remotely like the ship's divers crew including six the exotic resilient pilot chatty engineers Kizzie and jinx who keeps ship runny and Ashby. Their Noble Captain Ed Note and others life aboard the Wayfair is chaotic. Exactly what Rosemary ones? It's also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew was offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and we'll keep them comfortable for years but risking her life was in part of the plan the far reaches of deep space the tiny weary. Fehr crew will confront host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures force them to depend on each other part to survive. Rosemary Scotch and learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs in experience that teaches her about love and trust and that having a family isn't necessarily the worst thing in the universe description actually. I love that just doesn't I mean there's like some really poor crew prisoner left out of the odd bulker description there are but i. I can't believe that this book never came in. My like periphery. I never. This never came across my desk. I never recognized desk. I mean like this never rang a bell for me because this this kind of description is right up my alley. Yeah here's the thing. I told Scott when I started reading the book I was like. If you do not like this I will eat my hat because this is so like Scott. This is so Scott. I mean it's not as lake absurd as like your Douglas Adams. But it's like but you like that fun sort of vibe. You like calm misfit crew. It's a space opera Is Very funny. It is very funny and it's also like really sci-fi e Lake Super Scienc- at times and it's cool because in books like this we have a rosemary character who doesn't know a lot so like a lot of exposition as people explaining to her and US which is helpful for people like me that you know. Forget about the concept of Tunneling. Wormholes need someone to recap that for them. Okay so in order to kind of get a little bit further in depth. Now that we've now that we've teased you a little bit. We're going to tell you are experienced scores with this book. I don't know who should go first in this. I'm GONNA go first. Okay I WANNA go first because this book is nothing short of obsession. This is absolutely absolutely the book that I wanted to read right now and it's not even a right now. This is the book I've I've wanted since farscape went off the air. Oh that you heard it here. People hot take this book is is Farscape. Firefly meets meets all of the great things about science fiction with really deep like meaty science fiction ideas when it comes to the worm holes in the science and all that stuff. That's going around and the really fun mismatch of characters that are ultimately family on this ship at love it I love it I love it I love it. I want all of the books I want to. Just keep living in this world is this is everything I love about science fiction and becky chambers. Who wrote it to? She's she's no slouch. She's a real science person about that. You have to be like to be a writer of Scifi. Like her dad I think was or her parents. They were Astro Biology Educator. Aerospace Engineer MEA. And I think she's stunned lake SCIENC- stuff to like. I mean like you can just tell you're just like oh you have a huge brenning like when you read this book so let me give you my experience so I knew Scott was gonNA love this book and I had like I knew immediately from the first few pages Scott was going to love this book. This had been on my radar for some time for those of you who are not aware this is kind of a backlist titles came out in two thousand sixteen. So it's been on my radar for quite some time and I was like well. I do like Fi. I mean obviously a lake sci-fi I tend to lean more towards a speculative fiction. I've not always had the best of luck with space operas so I was Kinda like in. We'll see sounds like fun book though and I have heard a lot of praise for it and along the way there was a journey because not only did. I Know Scott would love this book. I found myself loving this book. I found myself being John. Junkies obsessed with this book As as a contender for the best book. I've read this year. This is a contender for a new favorite in my life. This is a contender for everybody's going up this further Christmas slash you'll prisons and so I- finished this book and it was up alone late and I went to the bathroom because I had to have a book cry and you know and I didn't WanNa wake anybody else up and I was just like that like hollow emptiness in so I immediately immediately like you know. Read the there's actually three books in the wayfarer series and not to look like okay. Okay it's not about the crew this crew other two books are not about the. I'm actually not sure that that's true. I'm already sure it's true. There about the next book is about some spin off characters that were minor characters in this book and then I think the last book is about other characters to and that was part of what gave me like of a panic attack. I was like I think this is. Oh by God see you're experiencing it now. You see that as part of three books but I think every book is technically stand alone. In this year I hyperventilating a little. Every book is technically is technically standalone in this series is what I have read. I have to hold judgment because I love the world so much that. I'm sure we're going to love these books. Yes but but like about my grew though I needed to be about micro. Y- micro know what they're gonNA do. Okay Yeah I just like. Let me put this out there as a review of the book doesn't end in any such way that you know you're like lake cliffhanger or like disappointment let me do. Should we say that yet? No I agree. This isn't this isn't a. It's not a spoiler either. It's not a spoiler. It's not it doesn't have an that is like oh you know there's this there's the next big thing coming in and and you know I. It has a conclusion the empire strikes back where everything is in frigging sir. Hey I mean there could be no books after this and I would be I would. I would cry but I would be happy if that makes sense. Yes yeah there's IT's It has a beginning middle and an end. Yes that doesn't mean that I don't need becky chambers to live here in my house and just continually tell me stories about these characters. Because that's exactly what I need so as I was saying before we went into this whole thing. This makes me WANT TO BINGE-WATCH FARSCAPE O. No don't no don't as much farscape. Okay this is a very. I mean. This is different. This is different the the ideas different but the but the the dynamics are the same. Now I've watched a few episodes of Farscape with you and I get that you and other people love it has a legitimate colt following beautiful practical. Puppets it's so chest. It didn't grab me and that's fair but the other thing you you binge it oh I binge it do that. That is a show. Yeah I will binge it. I've binged it before binge again soon. Something about this book to keep in mind is if especially if you are a fan of TV series like this. Look like farscape like firefly. I've heard the expanses like this. Of course I've heard amazing. Things about the expanse is that this book is written in a little bit of a season. Arc feels like the chapters are episodes in a season one. And so there's a Meta plot you know of what they're trying to do this this big job but then there's smaller stories that happened on the way there and it's not written like it's not completely bifurcated like that. It's not it's not like in the little pieces but each chapter tells a story in a way that a show runner of a TV show tells individual stories Nessie. See That's interesting because in becky chambers biography. It says she's a diva tae of video and tabletop games. So I think even maybe even less than episodic television. It's like a good tabletop game. Actually does that make sense? Individual game sessions. I can see the arc of a gang session. You know when you're your characters complete the full adventure that your DM has laid out like yeah. It feels like that to me especially with the crew. I guess okay. Here's the thing and we will get into the nuts and bolts of the crew in the spoiler section but before we talk about appeal people people people. I cannot express to you how much my love of this book is about. The incredibly diverse cast of characters within it and when I say diverse diverse there's hominids there's non hominids there's every different type of gender and sexual identity. It is absolutely beautiful I cannot express to you how much that means to me And how beautifully they just work together and you know you can kind of tell from the description this is you know what the crew becomes a family. You know type of thing like all your good crews do And they're all so different and it's so beautiful in it's a wonderful you know kind of comparison to you know our own communities in our own cities state country world communities and like how we can work together and be kinder and celebrate and accept that Somebody's difference culturally. Or whatever is like totally okay and it doesn't have to be for you but that's okay you can still find beauty in it. I absolutely home run with the characters. This book it would be nothing without its characters. It is a character driven story. It is every single. One of the characters in this book has their time to shine and they're beautiful Complicated in many cases alien yes I mean even I I will just say even within the humans that are in this story yeah. They are very strong cultural alien differences based on where they grew up. Yes I have to say I okay before we do the appeal when worthing a I want to know your character. I have to know your favorite character because okay. Because here's my thing. I can't pick the Eric character that I have. I am Kizzie Yorkie. I am Kizzie. She's better at mechanical things than me. I WANNA Tories lead. Do not have a mechanical mind or I'm good at putting stuff together. I didn't play with goes as a child. I don't know what happened But so I admire that about her but she's a human exclamation point like myself even down to like being obsessed with spicy things having like this her little spicy snack and everything. I'm like yes girl. Yes and there is a few parts that are highlighted. Because I'm like. Yep that's me Yup that's me and it's always wonderful when you feel represented a book. 'cause you're like that's my girl? That's totally me. But I have to say six is probably my favorite character. If I can't pick myself okay so I I refuse to pick a favorite care pilots. I refute how I knew. Pick a favorite character design. Your I know who you think. My favorite character is and yes. I am Dr Chef. Just kind of look at. Because he can't pick him because you are him we because he. I mean he loves to cook. He's he cares about people he's like kind of the he's kind of the the the one who kind of holds everybody together a lot of time your fantasy books and your sci-fi and other fiction but especially fantasy. He's the sage he's the The wizard in the woods type of thing which is your favorite archetype. Yes then mentor and I love him for that. But how can I say that? He's my favorite over six. Who is beautiful and alien and I love their call channel Hind and warm. And then you have rosemary who? Who's complicated in dark but goes to just access like this wonderful Human Self Insertion Center? He added the story and has to go on a journey herself. there's Olhan is amazing is a great character also fills a type in science fiction but but is is a really interesting every every alien race has its own like very well thought out history rupture. Oh slouch she put this together. I mean she had. She had charts. She had little bits of string connecting stuff like she made like. She made all racial history. But how could you not love Lovey and Kizzie for that matter? Lovely Kizzie is me. Jenks G Jimmy JANK'S J I also love Jinx Love Kizzie. Jank have to stay cash captain. Ashby is just exactly who you'd want as a captain he's stern but he's warm. He knows everybody and cares about everybody. It's it's just a friendly family. I mean Elon. The botanist the algae just yes. I would say that to him if he's got a lot going on in this book we must can't say anything more. Yes spoiler section but but there is a character. There is a cardiologist. Who is kind of your kind of your curmudgeonly He's the odd man out leading. Yeah he doesn't really. He's not social. You need that sort of tension in a family dynamic like that. Yes and there's other other characters on the way who are all really cool so I guess we should talk about appeal scores so that we can jump into okay. Here's the thing I I'm really struggled with the appeal score on this one. I am still struggling. I ain't going to give this book a broad appeal. I'm just shy of mass. I was honestly leaning towards mass. Because if someone like me. Who's you know like my space operas? Star Wars and I really not connected with a lot of other space opera content if I can be like..
"becky chambers" Discussed on Stuff To Blow Your Mind
"Authors and ask them nitpicky physics questions about their wormholes and their warp drives, so we're having a lot of fun, and we answer a lot of listeners e mails. We had a whole episode recently where we just went through listener questions and answered all their questions from seven-year-olds to seventy seven year olds. Sorry, I just had to glance today's. Episode. was particularly familiar with any of the author, so they've talked to this. You y'all do doing. Kim Stanley Robinson by by chance No, we haven't yet, but we've talked to blake crowd. Should we talk to Hugh Award winning authors like an lucky and Mary Robinson Coal and Becky Chambers. It's been really fascinating to see like. How do you build a science fiction universe? At what point do you stop worrying about? Getting the signs right and just think about the story, and then also for me since I'm such a science fiction buff I, just get the fan boy a little bit and talk to all these famous people. This might be too loaded question. But if you could interview a now, deceased science fiction author and ask them some of these same questions, which one would you? Until I learned that he was also a jerk, I would have loved interview Isaac Asimov because. Created not just you know new technology fiction, but like his foundation series where he creates like actually a new field of science in his prediction of future. I thought that was really fascinating. I would love to just understand the the development of that idea how he built the story around it. But then it turns out like many greats. From the past. He was also a jerk to lots of people. He worked with all right well. Thanks again for for coming on the show and chat with us and yeah, we encourage our listeners to check out those episodes, and you know and hang with us. Thanks for calling in from your closet to talk with us as we call in from our closets. Don't expand out of reach. The next time we have on I hope I'll still fit in my pants for the next time I talked to. You guys very much. All right, thank you. Thanks Daniel in the meantime. If you WANNA check out episodes of stuff to blow your mind, head over to stuff to blow your mind, dot com Xu over to the IHEART listing for this show, but ultimately you can find our podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"becky chambers" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"All reliant on these treaties and I'm having the right sort of licenses and you have to piloting school in tunneling school and all of that. So it's it's the books are just as much about how to live in this society that as they are. Here's all the technology we have in. Here's how jump between planets and you think in that universe. Everyone would sort of follow the rules like you wouldn't get F. T. L. pirates or you know f. t. l. smugglers or something people wouldn't be like trying to skirt the rules and get around them. I think you definitely do It's something I've never written. Just because the the types of stories I'm writing aren't aren't Quite the right venue for that but I think people do you try to get around it. I mean there are obviously some of the later books and there. We encounter cultures and worlds that are estranged from the two comments. Which is the the the main setting that I'm describing In which people are doing things that are very illegal Or that would be culturally taboo So I work with specifically with FD. Although I think that the resources you need to do it would require The right connections or you know enough enough money to do it. I think it would be difficult for your average You know sort of scummy. Pirate to get their hands on an F. T. L. drives You know it just sort of like be somebody like someone getting. I don't know a nuclear weapon. So tightly locked down and it requires Such high tech Development that it's going to be hard for the average person to get cool. Well that makes sense will again congrats on thinking through this amazing universe building it out and taking us on a fun touring yearbook. That's really wonderful. So congrats on all of your success. It's very well deserved. And thanks for taking some time to talk to us before we go. Do you have any upcoming projects? You'd like to tell our listeners about Charito I'm currently working on the next waivers book is currently untitled but it'll be out early next year I also have a pair of novellas at coming out from tour DOT COM also. Next year they'll be solar punk not space opera. So that's a a fun departure for me as a busier. And I'll be stuck in my writing cave but I'll have a lot of stuff coming out in two thousand twenty one. Wonderful will banks again for coming on our show so much for having me all right. Dow Is Science Fiction Author Becky Chambers in. She sounds really farm. Pretty amazing as you guys have really great conversation. Yeah we had a lot of fun. She was very kind to spend time talking to me and she clearly thought this stuff through and did her best like make a universe that made sense and he heard her say she really wanted to set it. In Our universe he was not trying to invent new laws of physics. Who just sort of trying to fast forward hundreds or thousands of years to what people might do with our laws of physics and I told them respect. That sounds like she did her research. It sounds like she's knowledgeable about these higher dimensional ideas and and Did she just do a lot of research? Has she always been sort of a physics fan? I think she was. Yes been watching Star Trek and reading science fiction for a long time and that's led her to be curious about physics and so Kudos to her for doing research and also you can hear on the interview. She acknowledges when she's at the edge of her knowledge and the things that she needed a hand waiver like at some point. Nobody wants to see like equations in a science fiction book okay. Where's the Appendices? The hardest possible this should be a paper and it should be published. It's equations the whole novel. One long inclusion. Hey you know I always say. Math is the language of physics. And maybe someday somebody will write tap rose and even poetry and songs in mathematics. Oh well there you go. We can always drink no so she did a great job and she told acknowledged where she ran up to the limits for knowledge and where she was inventing stuff and I think she told a really fun s story. I got sucked into and I wanted to be in her universe So I think she did a great job at. I recommend it to all the fans of science fiction out there awesome. And what do you think she's trying to say like what's the takeaway message from interacting with all these different types of species in kind of closing closing the distances in our universe? What does that do to humans in the human consciousness? I think she was just trying to imagine how humans would experience this other kind of universe interacting with aliens and try new things and it's sort of like a travel novel Writ Large. You know like going to Japan and trying weird stuff and it's sort of has that flavor of it and she just tried to like paint that on the whole galaxy instead and you know she could have made it like super aliens. You could have made it like. Oh my God we go to these planned. And they're all just blobs of gas came and talk to them. We don't know if they're angry. Or if they're just happy to see US farting all the time muck who knows. She could have made it super easy. All the jokes are far. Jones and archdukes have jokes to. That's the common great commonality in. But that's the thing is. She wanted to find the commonality she wanted. There'd be aliens we could relate to and that was her constraint because it's not much fun to read a book redefined aliens and then you can communicate with him at all is no satisfaction there. Well it's pretty cool so again if anyone wants to check it out. It's called the long way to a small angry planet. Part of the wayfair series Hugo Award winning wafers series by Becky chambers. So thanks to everyone who's been sending in your science fiction recommendations. Please keep it up. I'm reading those books. And if one of them by fancy and we can get the author on the podcast we will do more of these episodes and thanks again to chambers for being on the Puck as we take joy that.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"And effort and I knew that I kind of had a choice there as to which I was going to focus on so I turned to kickstarter and I said Hey. I've got this idea for a book. I need two months to finish it. Would you help me out? And to my eternal surprise The Internet obliged and I was able to to finish it and I saw published and put it out there and I thought that was it. You know I I had given my backers what I said I would make. I sold a little bit but not much and then I had the Extraordinary Lightening Strike. Good Fortune of meeting. Just the right person at a convention a couple years later and we had beers and chatted and that was that I didn't talk about the book at all. If you want later she got in touch. She'd read it and offered me my first book deal. And it's been a crazy ride ever since so. This is now what I do. Full-time which Is the best job ever while depending on which day that's on but yeah when people ask me you know how you get published by writing a book. I have no idea what to say because It really has been Kind of a crazy ride will congratulations on all of your success. And I hope that your story serves like you know an inspiration to other folks out there who are hoping to break in and seeing that. It's possible for me to from the outside. Just write something wonderful that resonates with people and have a takeoff. Thank you very much. So in these interviews. We like to get to know an author a little bit by asking them some classic science fiction questions. So here's a philosophical question transporters like Star Trek style. Do you think that it actually moves you from one place to another or that? It sort of kills you disassembled you and clones. You somewhere else. I'm in the disassembling camp. Which is really grandma. I feel like that's what happens. And if so would you use a transporter absolutely not? I'd be like I'd be like bones in this situation where I'm like. I don't WanNa get in that. Ever see the thing. Is People use them? You know every day and they don't think too much about it but I'm the sort of person who over think it because when a transporter goes wrong it goes really really wrong. I think I'd stick to shuttles unless I absolutely had to. Well then thinking more broadly in science fiction that you read what sort of technology that you see in science when you like to see actually come into reality ooh Are we talking about technology? That's likely or anything anything. Think broadly I would like Was sticking with Star Trek. I'd love a replicator because they hate cooking. Just bring me constant joy just to not have to eliminate thought to dinner just to be like I'm having fillet mignon tonight or whatever I also think artificial gravity would be a good one because I really want to go to space in that. I'd love to see Earth from orbit. I'd like to go out there but I also get really motion sick so I I have a feeling that me and microgravity might not be the best of friends so if you can if you can give me somewhere where I can actually sit on a couch in a couple of and look out. That would be. That'd be fantastic will very good. That sounds like a very nice. It's all creature comforts. Now that I'm thinking about it it's nothing revolutionary. I should have some sort of medical technology but now I just want to be be an eight mistake. I did have a wonderful view of earth. Exactly well I really enjoyed reading your book. It was a lot of fun. I read a lot of science fiction and I don't finish everything that I read but yours. I found a lot of fun. I was really impressed with the characters you created and I love how you could really get to know these characters. I mean they are all facing really different challenges than anything I've ever faced but I still sort of felt like. Hey these are real people and they're going through struggles that I can identify with a little bit or at least enough to get to know them and it seems to me like quite a challenge to create characters in this alternate universe. That are different enough from us. They're like honestly in that universe not in ours but still similar enough that we can identify with them. I'm happy to hear you say that but yet it is tricky. I always have to figure out what that what the anchor points are right because Yeah I like to take you on kind of a journey in that respect. I want you to think outside of your box. I want you to consider other cultures and ways of thinking and other structures of families and all that Shit but there has to be Some degree of relate ability in there something where you can get in and really you know even if you know. You're very physically different. Or if you're very culturally different that you can still relate to them on some level And so I a MS with that in a lot of different ways. Sometimes it's physicality If it's a character that I want you to be able to trust right off the bat of more likely to make them bipedal because you guys if somebody walks up to you looking like a giant lobster. You're going to have that moment of us Even if they're the nicest person in the world you know it's things like that or just things like maybe sharing food or or You know just having an honest conversation about will here on my family works. Here's how you know here's my language works because you can learn a lot about how a person thinks by the way they speak etc So those are the things I really really enjoy teasing out Figuring out finding that good balance between. I WANNA make this weird. I WanNa make you stretch your brain a bit but I also want you to feel like this is a person you could be friends with. Yeah it seems like. He's been a lot of time thinking about how the various aliens would interact with each other. Which food from this species would work for the other one and how social ideas from one culture could be different from another? I imagine in our universe. It would be much more difficult than what you described. I mean I think real aliens would be so vastly different that you couldn't have tea with them or share kitchen but if you WANNA have a culture and have them interact in some way then you have to is that what motivated you to make them. All sort of human likes to make them frankly. A bit unrealistically human absolutely. It's it's very intentional on my part and I it's not with the way fares universe it's not reflective of what I sink life in the universe would actually be like much as I'd love to go have tea with an alien. I don't think that would be possible. I I imagine something much more like Say Arrival for example. Where they're they're so odd and they're so alien that that it's it's upsetting and disconcerting and even though you're trying to figure each other out it's it's difficult and painful and And you never even when you get there. You can't really explain. It's anybody else I think if we were lucky enough to exist at the same time as another civilization level species. That's more what it would be like But with wayfair is books. The the intent is to devolve who in the footsteps of Things Star Trek in Farscape and a star wars? All these wonderful multi-species universes that I grew up with and to make you feel like you could be part of it that you could easily inhabit it So it is a very conscious choice on my part to To make them more a little more human than than I think they would be. Well I think you succeeded because I would love to hang out with than having meal with them. I mean in general. I would love to hang out with aliens. I have so many visitors questions for aliens I would like to ask the aliens about wormholes and interstellar travel and all that stuff so with me to imagine that they might show on earth and then we'd have like no way to talk to them but let me turn that into the physics of your universe. Because I'm a physicist and our show is mostly about physics and I was really intrigued by the physics of the universe that you building your novel my take on it. Is that in your novel to get around the Galaxy. You use wormholes but these were moles require like actual work to construct. This is unusual the sea and science fiction book to really think about how the wormholes would get built. I mean in your universe you have to punch a hole into this sub layer of space this space between space and then make these connections mainly before people can actually use them for transport. Is that how you would describe the major physics of your universe. Isla I would say that's accurate. Yes okay awesome one. Make sure I got that right. So what gave you the idea to build your universe your story around that mean. Did you start from this? Sort of science and engineering concept of having wormholes that are difficult to actually bill or did you have a story you wanted to tell and you needed something with that sort of story structure in it. So it's it started with the characters In the You know I I wrote this crew I and like them a lot and was like okay. Well where do they live? And what do they do? and propulsion became the first obvious question in because that that shapes so much of what kind of science fiction story. You're telling are you living in a star wars future in wit or past? I guess because it's the galaxy a long time ago but You know are you living in our worst title university? You can get anywhere instantly or are you talking. Sort of a generation ship style thing where it's going to take you decades or centuries to get between systems. These are very different kinds of stories and so I wanted to be somewhere in the middle but closer to two faster travel in that. I didn't want it to take years to leave a system. I I wanted you to these people to be able to hop between planets from chapter to chapter and warm moles just seems like the obvious fit where Muslims the something that have Captured by NANCE nation for a really long time So my my biggest or entry points into into science fiction were Carl Sagan's contact The movie came out when I was twelve years old and I was wrapped And and You know then read the books and Whatnot. And then you know round about the same time Deep Space Nine was on TV and watch that every week. So wormholes. Were just sort of this this. I don't know they had a moment in my twins and and stuck with me so yeah it just it felt like the obvious choice for me personally and also something That I thought would be fun to play with. Let's take a quick break. We'll be.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"Get anything through it if it's just a point so what you need is a keep it open and to expand that hole and the way you need to do that is somehow have some sort of negative pressure. You need negative gravitational pressure which is not something we know how to do but theoretically people think well maybe there were particles that had negative mass recall this matter we talked about it recently on the program then if those existed maybe they could hold it open and keep it stable and had the opening be big enough that you could pass an object through maybe even a space ship. There's a lot of steps there right. And she said I had said in her book. Tell me like you in her open aboard hole and then you have to throw in there to keep it open. Yeah so maybe. Let's talk about the idea. She has for a wormhole and then talk about whether that lines up with wormholes in reality so in her imagining wormholes the way they work. Is that our space are three dimensional? Space is sort of embedded in higher dimensional space. The way like a sheet of paper is two dimensions and it's embedded in three dimensional space and in three dimensions. You can twist a sheet a paper and you could leave the surface and comeback somewhere else and imagine for example if that surface was ruled up if two-dimensional she was like a roll of toilet paper. Then you might actually really to other places on that Tuti surface without realizing it because you're closer in three dimensions right because you your folded in that higher dimensional space and actually you're sitting right next to each other but to us. It seems far away because you have to go all around the the toilet paper I yeah. So she calls this the space between space the sub layer and in her universe. You can punch a hole and sort of move off the surface of our three dimensional space into this higher dimensional space transit through this weird sub space and then punch another hole and get back and the job of these ships is to punch that whole and then to navigate through that space which is pretty tricky dropping boys along the way so that ships that come later can just follow the booze till you saying we're sending in a bigger space but I guess is that a possible or is it possible. We're sitting in a bigger space so it is possible that we're sitting in a bigger space by bigger. We don't mean like larger like more three D space but there are other dimensions their different ways to move the way that a two she paper sitting in the three D. space chart imagine our three D. space in some four year five year ten dimensional space and as we talked about once the program. We don't know how many dimensions of space there are. There could be three. There could be eleven. There could be twenty six. There could be more we just toys and it is. I like did you know like you and I are far apart from each other right now but may there's a dimension that if I take a step in that direction in this higher dimensional space suddenly next year. Yeah if if this three D. space happens to be folded in that higher dimensional space. So that we're close in this higher dimensional space you have to find those folds and is part of the plot. I make finding those folds yeah apparently is very difficult to navigate and only certain kinds of beings know how to do it and that part is kind of hand wavy in the book. She doesn't get into. The details is just sort of like everybody who gets into the space sort of like loses their sense of time. But there's this special category of sentient beings that know how to navigate it and find their way and build these wormholes if you despise than that. It's actually if you get this weird brain virus that they pass onto their children. It's quite fast. Yeah yes so. That's that's one way of thinking about wormholes is like moving in some higher dimension and imagining that the constraints of our universe are only. Because we're not seeing the full picture. If we could only move in this other way then maybe we could find shortcuts. Oh I see so. That's her flavor of or holes. And you're saying there's another flavor that physicists have also considered or think is maybe more realistic. I think is more realistic. I've considered so you know that's one physician at least and that sort of an intrinsic one. I mean when we talk about bending of space we don't think about the bending of space in the context of some higher dimension like when when the Sun Ben's the space near the earth so that the earth is moving in an orbit. It's not bending it's in some higher dimension the way like a bowling ball in a rubber sheet bends a to d space in three D. instead the bending is Intrinsic Stout Relatives to some external ruler. It just changes the relationship between bits of space. It changes how far things are from each other and so that's an intrinsic kind of bending instead of an extrinsic spending and visit in general. I think this one is more realistic will intrinsic bending is definitely what happens in our three dimensional space due to mass general relativity. So that's definitely the kind of bending we have seen we don't know if we're in a higher dimensional space we've never seen extrinsic bending relative to that but we have seen intrinsic bending and the equations of general relativity are consistent with this sort of intrinsic connection between two points in space or black hole in one were a white holden the other and then at their core those two points are the same point grey but visit also think that we might be living in a higher dimensional space right. Yes there have other dimensions. That's right there may be other dimensions. We've never seen them. We can't rule them out however and some theories of physics predict them. Like like bows on. Extreme theory in superstring theory predict eleven or twenty six dimensions. Those are theoretical ideas who've never seen those dimensions we never seen bending in those dimensions. We have however seen bending in these three this intrinsic bending we just change the relative relationship between bits of space bath happening all the time. You're doing that right now. With the mass of your body unbending space right now you blow minds and Ben Space all right. It sounds like it sounds like you. WanNa ride the opposing novel the long way to a small angry physicists. And in that in that version if you build a wormhole there would be no traveling. Between the one side of the Wormhole is the other side of the wormhole is no like working through higher dimensional space or suspects. It's just nice simply connected. Yeah you're navigating the bold Mrs is just joined together but you know a fair criticism is nobody knows how to build that like it's consistent with the laws of physics. That doesn't mean we know how to make it happen right. It's a big difference. It sounds like what she what she did was sort of plausible. Ray totally possible. Maybe not the favourite theory physicist but it sounds like It's possible and how she describes building one. Is that realistic? Or is that just her using her magic nation? At that point we'll see her using her imagination because nobody knows anything about what would happen. In higher dimensions with the laws of physics would be like there But you know. She built a credible idea and she followed it through and she stuck to the rules of her story so You know refer five stars for that will will. I am certainly interested in reading this book now and so again. The book is called the Long Way too small angry planet by Becky Chambers. And so now Daniel. You spoke to becky recently and asked her a bunch of questions I did. She was kind enough to give me some of her time and to share with me how she built her size fiction universe why she made the choices she did how she designed her characters and also to tell me in her own words about her personal journey from totally unknown struggling writer to Hilo witting science fiction author. I guess he's not as angry anymore. She seems pretty happy. It's been a long way to a large happy career to a large happy shelf. Full of awards. Yes Oh thanks becky for spending your time and congrats on all your success awesome. Well here is Daniel Interviewing Science Fiction author Begi Chambers. Okay thank you very much for coming on our podcast would you mind? I introducing yourself for our listeners. Absolutely my name's becky chambers. And I'm the author of SCIFI books I'm best known for my wafer series which currently includes belong to a small angry planet a closed and common orbit and record of his space porn few and also the author of a standalone. Avella called to be taught if fortunate will congratulations on all of your success. It's been kind of a journey for you. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got to be where you are? Yeah I still don't know exactly how I got. It all started in two thousand twelve. I was working on the long way to a small angry planet and I was doing freelance writing at the time which you know. is not the most stable of professions and. I reached one of those points. I think is familiar to most freelancers where I ran out of paying gigs. For a few months I was really close to finishing the book. And I didn't WanNa stop is what it came down to. And pitching and finding gigs is something that takes up.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"The Fund Science Fiction Universe of Becky chambers the long way to a small angry planet and even just the title it really drew me in from the very beginning like that sounds like a good story. Doesn't it the long way to a small angry planet I? It's the play between like long. Small angry yeah. It's Kinda funny. Think of like a bitter bitter little shriveled up planet. Well it tells you that there's GonNa be a journey involved and you already like that is like Tolkien esque writes a long way story is going to be traveling and when you get there there's going to be something exciting because this planet is pissed off really interesting. Well I'm hooked already so let's talk about what the basic idea of the novels. And then let's talk about the signs of it and then we'll play the interview for you guys But what is angry planet it is? It's not as is it? Is it earth? We are being replanted no so to set the scene in her universe. We all live in the galaxy but the galaxy is filled with aliens. All sorts of crazy aliens have more legs or fins are all sorts of weird stuff. But they're sort of human like you know they're very understandable. They have a similar sense of humor. They eat in kitchen. They sleep there can be like inter species romance so you know they're alien but they're also not that alien is it. Is it more like star? Wars or star trek in terms of its budget for Special makeup effects. I'd say it's a little bit more star Trek that way you know like the Klingons are like humans but with little ridges on their heads and they tend to be grumpy that kind of thing. All the aliens are like humans perturbed and some interesting is. It's not like you're you're fall in love the BLOB of of Seventeen gas I got nothing against that you know between consenting blobs of Senton gas can do whatever they like but in this book there are essential blobs alien gas only sandy and blobs water. Yeah and it's fascinating and you know. I think that sort of unrealistic. We'll get into that later but yeah for sure. I I. I feel like you've lost me already but I think that she did this on purpose to sort of. Make the aliens approachable. Because the book is mostly about this gang that lives on a ship and they're like work gain. They have a job. They're building wormholes. And you know they got a contract gotta work together and so sort of like what. It's like to be on this ship together with this crew. That's multi-species it totally is calm. Here's what warm and In order for that to work you know that the aliens have to be able to talk to each other and share experiences and relate to each other. I see I see what you mean. They'd sort of notches look alike a little bit or humanoid. But they're also you know sort of Share kind of a a human sensibility like really hard to talk to send him blob that prioritizes different things than us. Yeah and also be hard to have an alien. Be Your Cook on your ship. If they had no idea how to make human food or had no interest in human food And so she enforces this sort of to make this this overlap and You know she acknowledges this she winks to it in the book. Like everybody's wondering why all the alien so human is there some sort of like common ancestor either? She's aware of this so I thought done pretty well but that's sort of the galaxy rights. John's bill aliens is all sorts of kinds more than I can. Keep track of but the the core structure of the book is about how you get around the galaxy. Like how do you get from solar system to solar system? I think that you were saying they work at a Wormhole of factory or wormhole station. Or where do they work? They work on a ship. That builds wormholes and so of course to get from one. Salou to another takes a long time if you're traveling at less than the speed of light take millions of years to get across the galaxy you know. It's some small fraction of the speed of light. Even if you're moving at the speed of light he would take you one hundred thousand years to get across the Milky Way. That's not really good for building a galaxy size. Societies have to have some way to connect these solar systems and in her book. They do via wormholes. And you know wormholes that we've talked about on the show. We'll talk a minute about whether they're realistic the thing. That's really cool about this book. It's different from a lot of other books. That have worm holes in them is. She doesn't just sort of hand. Wave away to wormholes. Like Oh and there are wormholes. She Ac- talks about like. How do you actually build a Wormhole He has instructions in the bug. But how to do it? Yeah and the characters in this book. Live on a ship and worked together building wormholes. So they're like flying this wormhole construction ship around the galaxy and each one is kind of a pain in the bud. I mean later when people use it. It's pretty easy but actually constructing the wormhole. She's thought through like how you would do that. And the difficulties and built of this whole bureaucracy and infrastructure around how that would work in the economics of it and so you are on a journey of building warm hole in this book. Yet you call it a wormhole engineering with an awesome title degrees. I'M A wormhole engineer. Oh man are we creating more kinds of engineers can't have enough and I thought you would like that because it's not just like well the physicists. Say It's possible so therefore we had them in our world is like well. How would you actually make one visit sale as possible? Space elevators or possible other orbits or possible. Had you actually make it happen? And so she not just thought that through but makes it through the central driving plot of the book this crew building this this difficult wormhole to an angry planet okay. So I'm getting the sense that it said a mix of star trek cheers and a discovery channel documentary about how to build bridges in the best possible way and with With food apparently as well. Yeah I think the author drinks teas. So there's a lot of discussion of different kinds of tea. And we're alien tea and all sorts of stuff all right. So the novel has spent a lot of time in in the mechanics of building. Wormhole would sounds pretty interesting and then you also noted here that they do have faster than light travel but they don't use it. Yeah it's a toss away in the book. She mentioned briefly like and of course. Some scientists figured out how to do faster than light travel build a faster than light drive but it led to all sorts of like bureaucratic complications. Because it's violates causality and has time travel and basically just gives everybody a headache so they outlawed it which always works outline totally makes him. Oh Go Away. Nobody ever tries it. Or because the FT L. Prohibition and I asked her about that in the interview you'll hear her response I thought it was pretty fun though. I'll be honest. If faster than light travel was possible I would definitely be ignoring the laws against it like I would look for sure to take a bootleg ride to another planet fast in life. Latino what are these ailing? Prisons look like you get caught. Sound Good Alien. Presence are never good but if you have a faster than light drive how are they gonNA catch you right? You can always get away from them. true true. And you can buy causalities kid. I don't know race them before they catch you. I don't know yeah exactly all right. Well let's get into the signs of it and whether or not it's plausible from your point of view and then we'll get to the baking but first let's.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"Cartoonist. And Creator of PhD comments. Hi I'm Daniel. I'm a particle physicist but honestly do like weird snack foods. What's the weirdest neck? Would you ever eat it? I don't even know what it was because we have some Japanese markets here with nothing in English and sometimes we just go in and get a few bags of we lead with this next Japanese snack roulette and I'm like is this a salty snack. Is it baby food desert? I don't even know? Does it have fishing? Does it have fish and cheese on an everything. Has Everything vicious Japanese market? It's all extracted from shrimp somehow. Yeah Yeah but I love it. Yeah we'll welcome to our podcast Daniel and Hor head talk about snack foods weird stuff and the universe. No WELCOME TO OUR PODCAST. Daniel and Jorges explained the universe a production of iheartradio in which we talk about all the amazing and tasty and weird things about our universe that we find ourselves in. Will you have woken up as a conscious? Being in this universe imbued with curiosity and look out into the cosmos. Wonder why is it like that? Well we are here to tell you why right. And what does it taste like? That's important is that ever cross your mind. Daniel Aliens taste like you know. Maybe they won't eat us. Maybe no no trending more and more vegetarian but I have wondered you know. Sometimes they talk about like a teaspoon of neutron star ways as much as whatever and what does that taste like what is a teaspoon of Neutron Stars. Probably probably kind of heavy. Maybe you should spread on toast or something you know mix it with a little cream under no sparkling alleged toes-to-toes but yeah welcome to our podcast in which we talk about all of the amazing things in the universe all the delicious things and all of the things that may not yet exist happen in this universe and we like to talk about the real universe the one that's actually out there that scientists are trying to figure out because it's filled with crazy puzzles and amazing mysteries and mind-blowing discoveries but sometimes the best way to explore our universe is to think about other hypothetical universes that might be and also might be our universe. Yeah because businesses. I think you we think of them. As explorers. The universe trying to discover new things but even more out there I would say maybe advance scout of the human consciousness and search for knowledge are sort of the D- inventors you know the artist. The writers who think of what could possibly be possible. And what would happen? If we found that true artists certainly are at the forefront of what is possible and what might be impossible. I'm glad that you think physicist as explorers. Sometimes you describe me as an explorer from the couch. Like a cow cheer explorer. You probably know that couch really well. Cranny it's well suited to the shape of my bottom. That's true so if experiences explore the universe from the couch then artists explore the universe from from from their brains from insiders. Nobody uses typewriters. But you know from Peter is from their fingers and keyboards. No it really is a mental exercise though to think about how the universe is and how the universe might be. And that's why I'm such a huge fan of science fiction because to me. The Fund Puzzle Science Fiction is figuring out. How does this universe work that some artists or some writer has created? And that's the same puzzle we're facing are actual universe and so the mental exercise is very similar. It's a big physics scientific detective mystery and so today on the program. We're having the third of our series of interviews and reviews of famous well known science fiction novels otherwise known as Daniels excuse to talk to all the authors. He's a big fan of Did Welcome to Daniel becomes a fan boy live in front of thousands of people and loves every minute of it now. This has been super fund. We've talked already to an lucky. Who won the Hugo and the Nebula for her great book Ansari Justice and we recently talked to bully crouch about his really fun Bill Curzon and so today. We're excited to talk to you about another book. Yeah it's a pretty and it's kind of a different science fiction type of book. I haven't read it and some looking forward to hearing about it from you. But you're you're telling me that it's it's sort of hard science fiction but it's also kind of a humorous book like it has a sense of humor you don't usually associate maybe unless you think about Douglas Adams right and and the HITCHHIKER's guide to the galaxy. Yeah well you have some science fiction books that take themselves very seriously and you know. I'm a big Fan of those and then you got the ones that don't take themselves that seriously. You Know Star Trek where the sort of like winking at you. When they're saying well you know they have. Well then do you know how to reverse the polarity on the Tau Generator dammit. Danny I'm not a scientist I'm Jeannie air and then have you sort of like a wacky science fiction. He Tigers Guide to the galaxy for example filled with crazy characters and silly hijinks and and all sorts of stuff. And this one. I think sort of stretches all those genres. It's like very hard core about the physics and how the universe works really tried hard to make it realistic and interesting. But then it's also mostly about the emotional story of these characters and the bonds they make together and their antics and silly food they eat together and so it's a really human story since I could just sit com space opera little bit sitcoms pays our yeah and you provide the laugh track. I laugh a lot more reading this book. Really you actually laugh out loud. Yeah I left them. I woke up my wife several times reading this book really. Wow well maybe I'll check it out but it's kind of an interesting story for a book because the author Self published did I online or through kickstarter and then got picked up by a publisher and then it sort of took off in won a Hugo award for the whole series Last year yeah. It's a real inspiration for everybody out. There who wants to be a main line science fiction author thinks they have what it takes but insurance doesn't know how to break in. Here's the story of somebody who is just started writing and then took off on its own. It's sort of like an Andy. We're story right she herself. She published a kick starter. And then later somebody sort of influential founded and funded the rest of the series and now. She's a winning Massoud prizes and getting paid to do this full-time so it's a. It's a real prestigious podcast. I mean that's living the dream is she? Can I get invited to a prestigious podcast? That sounds like fun talking about us. Daniel whoops are you Danielle fake until you know. It's a she has a fun story and she is a lot of personalities. I think you'll hear in the interview. And she's really done a great job of carrying that personality into her characters and creating realistic characters in a fascinating science fiction. Universe awesome and so to the on the program. We'll be talking about.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Overdue
"Hey everybody welcome to overdo. It's a podcast about the books. You've been meaning to read. My name is craig. My name is andrew and we have two guests this week from the worst bestsellers who we have with us. That's why i i hope what happened. Who's here you should go. I do alphabetically okay so i'm kate. I'm one of the co hosts of where smith sellers. I'm rhonda. I'm the other co host of worse and worse super professional the us we had the pleasure of having creggan andrew on our show earlier this year to discuss how the secret is talk second awful which is something we like to do on our show periodically and we're very happy to have them there to do it this year yeah andrew that was that was your time revisiting. The secret as i recall your feelings were mostly the same. You can't revisit if you never left yeah but here's the thing the secret is our podcast as you. You're not familiar. You can probably guess from the title we read bad books like the secret but but i use the secret to get to come over to talk about a good book so it did work. That's actually what am i. One of. My questions for. Y'all is was it. Was it feel like to read a good one so nice. We came off. We came off a real bad one the last one we did. We did niccolo this week tune. That one was very good but book. We just did the five people you meet in heaven and i can't we have we cannot get derailed. The five people you meet in heaven. I'll die and go to hell yeah. I can especially when you're referencing the place yeah anyway literally. Let's talk about this book. Check please this. Oh you were both kind enough to read. What is the title granada. You have a handy reminders. You get yeah. I i will name my fear and claim at my fear is that i'm going to say this title incorrectly. The correct title is the long long way to a small angry planet but i keep getting mixed up in my head with hot flat and crowded by thomas freedman which is just another another reason to be mad at thomas friedman like i needed up so he putting hot in the title summer like a small hot planet and it's in the book look. Actually it's not clear what temperature the angry planet is. It's written it's baqi chambers by becky chambers and it was <hes> it was patriots recommended to us patron dot com slash pot by daniel and theresa. Thank you daniel and theresa. I think he does use the acronym to lettuce app if really what's to sap till the witness app if you really need to shorten it up at discuss now had either of you heard of becky chambers before we gave you is like a menu of things and you you actually selected. Did this one so was it a book that was on either of your radar before you know it wasn't booked the i've been meaning to make time for a while so it had been recommended to me personally a couple times a couple of different people and i was like i don't have time to read this because i have to re books for my bad book breath. It had been recommended by a couple of different people to me as well a few people who are friends who are like i think he would like this and one memorable okay okay cuban date that went on far too long where she was really pushing it. <hes> and i even was your day with becky chambers. It was not she's married. I just think you i think you would love. This book was a long way to a small angry restaurant. Perhaps she even opened. My overdrive. Apple was like look. I put a hold on it. You can stop telling me about this now i and then i got rid of the whole later but i do have to admit to this woman who will remain nameless that i did love it good. Maybe she was onto something. We never went on another day now. You just have to live with what he threw away. Yeah this could have been a gateway book. You never know but so before we get to the book proper. We like to do the author or john row or other book info <hes> andrew. What do you know about becky chambers and other becky. He's chambers was born in one thousand nine hundred five. Which is the year that i was born in me to on five rules really. You're probably stupid if you're born in any other year. How's it going guys. I'm just i'm over here in one thousand nine hundred six. It's cool well. I think it's fine. It's it's cool because it's jason one thousand nine hundred to be born so this this book toula would sap what is her first novel is the first book in the wayfarer series which is three books long right now and she <hes> self self published it in two thousand fourteen after <hes> doing a kickstarter for it in twenty twelve so she was asking. I think for twenty five hundred dollars so she could you work halftime for a couple months and just work on the book which i most of the cakes starters i pay attention to our for like technology things or video game things things where success happens in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range usually always like craig. I think you kick started a play or something like way back in the day. Yes i think that was one hundred and the threshold for success is just so much so much lower in a way that i'm not east yeah because she was like she was doing. I don't know what other freelance writing shoes doing but i know she was doing technical writing for a period of time and she had said that like it was kind of drying up and she had the book like two thirds of the way done or three quarters of the way done and was like well. What if i dislike what if people just help me get to the finish line line which is kind of an interesting way to think about it like it wasn't like i'm going to start this book and you'll be here from the very beginning of it so she does that. Interject with a question and yeah i did say do you know had she written fan fiction before this yes. She has her website. I can you tell us because part of the reason that this was recommended to me. Forget which person but someone who's like oh it it has the feel of like fan fiction but like fourth laura thing that doesn't actually exist and i found that to be true in a way that was very appealing and so i had that in mind and then also if she was i i wonder if she was maybe trying to leverage like fans of fan fiction funding her novel early. How did she get these people to. That's that's a good point because if you're that's that's a an average of fifty bucks donation and if you're going to have fifty three people like nobody has that many grandparents you have to have some established fan base. I think to to be able to pull that level of support do not here's a here's a jug from the wayfair series. Not even a member of the and undrafted species has that many grandparents and they have a lot to in case. You need kate. You said wait. Do you know what fan fiction shiro kate or is it just that you know that she did. I don't i just know that she did. I was on her website after i finished at trying to look look up to see essentially if she was planning on writing anymore books with the characters from this research will get to later and she had a fan fan fiction flash fan art section of her f._a._q. Which was fan. Fiction is great like please rated as much as you want. I used to write it. I love it. You know i love the people wanna do this but did not go into any specifics and it's not generally like the the people who hit in that big like we hear about in the fan community like you're like oh yeah blake we remember writing with her and harry potter days as or whatever so if she was very active in fandom don't think she was necessarily like a big name. Fan quote unquote. I did i did see in a barnes and noble interview review from two thousand eighteen. I think where she said the phrase. I have a locally hosted wicky in reference to her like writing process for the universe i like to your point about it being like fiction based in a thing that doesn't exist already or like a not a property that exists already it seems like she's kind of built out the world and the fiction on her own and then is choosing to write stories there that tracks one hundred percent okay koo koo koo <hes> so yeah after she self published this in two thousand fourteen she was picked up by a publisher in twenty fifteen <hes> <hes> hotter and then like everything's owned by harpercollins or something now. Everything's harpercollins so yet. All is it all is under that giant like harpercollins collins hatchet umbrella now and it was republished in two thousand fifteen and then they have been you know that general amalgamation of publishing publishing houses who she's been with sense and she's published two other books what are the names of a closed and common orbit is the second one and record of a space-borne okay record record of a space borne few a record of a space for a while. I thought that was me. Miss typing a different word and that's your yup kudos to you becky becky hey beckett's andrew cousins. I hope i'm how are you. I'm good yeah your hair too short. One short title short title please space to is my new book. I'm back but the the first one was shortlisted for an arthur c clarke award among <hes> among a bunch of other ones and got pretty positive buzz from i o nine which is a big sci-fi site <hes> they said it's as though firefly and guardians of the galaxy had one hyperactive and excited baby that guardian in saifi round and upset it was quietly profound humane toward force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism. That's absurd. I saw coming up a lot. Yes i'll be hasim awesome optimism in cheerful our words. I saw ascribed to this a bunch so i want to hear about that. The the criticism i found this is just to give our discussion some some shape. I guess like to the extent that people did have criticism it was this world is cool. These characters are fun to spend time with nothing. Really happens happens a lot wise. I think it's true and i loved that about it gives it. The feel of fan fiction is like a very popular troop one that i adore so i did not have a criticism in that way where you just write like a very long story about incidents in these characters lives without necessarily building up to some like intense meaningful climaxes just just like here's a week in the life of these people that i love and i mean to be fair. This just have an intense meaningful climax but it's just like gloves as it's a long way to get there a long meandering way and it's much more invested in building up the characters building up the world then it is in this actual event that happens sure sure the long way and the i think the angry planet probably implies some kind of world building so those are both in the had built into the title already so expect yeah. Let's well. Let's just get into the book because i feel like there's other tangents that we can take in terms of like back. Genre were the style that she is choosing to write in how she approaches some of the character building stuff so like if either the reviewer disliked dive right in what do we need to start with kate. What.
"becky chambers" Discussed on Overdue
"She's gonna do with me at some point. And we don't obviously know when it's going to happen. So we're just trying to Bank a couple that we can like here that we need to start putting up those shows because Anders unavailable and they'll start going up clamoring in the chat for our, our pals, Gwen and Franco Iberian his in slash new York, Public Library. Yeah. We'd love to do another one with them. We should we should reach out to them. I think like I have a really a time with them. I love all of our guests equally. They're like my children, but we have a really good time with Glenn and Frank. We ever really time with Natasha from unspoiled. I don't know. We. Yeah. We ended up sewed with Rhonda, and Kate from worse, bestsellers. On their show. Back to follow up to the secret. Yes on. So we recorded a Becky chambers episode with them that is in the can right now. So yeah, yeah, it was. It was super fun. I really time. Yes. Do you have another question? Lined up Andrew. Let's see the silly one. Oh you wanted to silly? Well, let's let's silly one from Gloria you're having a private dinner party. With five literary characters come to life, who gets an invite. I figured you and I could collectively sort of answer this. Okay, so you and I are throwing a dinner party. We are throwing dinner par. What's for dinner? Pizza. I knew it was going to be pizza, because you make a good pizza dough, you have a good recipe. You feel comfortable I will be the Somalia, and I will choose all the pizza wines, that we need, right? This one's red. Uh-huh. For instance, this one is pink. Who do we have join us, what literary characters not authors literary? So if the parties at nighttime Dracula can be there. That sounds on track yellow there..
"becky chambers" Discussed on Breaking the Glass Slipper: Women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror
"But the sheer number of fantasies have read words only men that maters is like amazing. Is like, you know, women are there to like Behr children be cooks sleep with people, and that really seems to be old. They do. I'm like, even in the universe where men will the power and that's a big. If a you do know that women were doing other things and I feel like very often. I read a lot of a bunch of, like historical novels, and I feel like very often to me, a lot of court fences. He feels like it's not getting the complexity of historical novels one of the series. I really like his Dorothy done. It's lemon chronicles, which happens in Scotland a run time of Mary Queen of star of Scots in. And it's, you know, nominally aside for Mary Queen of Scots, a lot of the power is supposed to be held by men. But, but you immediately see in the series is actually not the case at all. And that even those women that are. Meant to be home, while there has been a fighting on the border are actually having quite big roles in how they monitor on house holes how they held a network if each other, how they form friendships with each other, how they tried to protect a when plenty of the series is a thirteen year old, and some of the other women come together and try to talk her out of Abbadi arranged marriage. So there's, there's all these kind of, like network between women the facts that they hold power. The fact that, you know, sleeping around to get power. Is it totally legit way of playing the game? And a lot of times, what find has the in political fantasies women are changed for it, and I'm like, but, you know, if you set the rules, so that the only way that women can have powers by influencing Monem kind of men on kind of not too sure. Why they're shamed for that. The feels like criticizing them for being good. Our doing essentially. And so a lot of times of feels to me a few what I ended up, feeling what frustration with these because they're trying to have their cake in each of the still want to be all about the men and they forget that actually a lot of court fan. A lot of like court politics was played, but women, they were playing it playing them very, very well. Well, since Elliott mentioned historical fiction than I'm alleged jumping with Philip Gregory who is a hit and missile. But I mean she writes a little spot shooters. I one of my favorite books of has. It's Balint inheritance which deals with kitty at sorry kit. He Katherine hours on unappeased and it is, so refreshing, because it is exactly the opposite. Elliott says it is fat women who all playing the game playing politics, but not necessarily sleeping around do it. I mean ambling it's always fascinating, and she's woman, he completely overturned religious structure, but there is always this underlying element that she was using Saxon, or the lack of it to get she wanted, where characters like, Anna, please, would just connecting the one woman survived Henry, the policy, the lost Dawson's, while we won't get the marriage alive within the eight am become known his sister onto become so popular. I said, why don't we see on a characters within fantasy on live with I never signed many fantasy people females from history who really could fill as roles and we just we just don't see them. Elliott says, have you read the Kate Elliott article on tour dot com, heart rate women in epic fantasy without quotas? But think is the title is the ten thousand world long article about is basically quotes about everything that women did during the, the antiquated in the middle ages. So it's like women who go to fight women who, like run entire households women who rule in it's meant to be announced the Oba historically women had no power as great. The amazing, I am going to quote, you know history at you. Hi, hugh. And obviously, you know there's a prologue about, but, you know, we don't actually we have dragons, we don't actually need to stick with history, which is another problem. But even if we had mitt, the history is our maintenance variation than here is everything that you think is a historical. But actually is not. That excuses is too often used to just whitewash the role of women in history just to say, literally, that was they this is these are the roles they had. They didn't go be on them. And I hate that because it's so easy and so over untrue, any happens not just two women. They had happens non binary happens to trans it happens. It racial like I cannot believe we still having to have these discussions. I feel like is because fantasy is this know, idealized, and I am very much not using that in a positive sense, streamlined, the maybe which has fewer connotation version of history. This is very much tied to our imaginary one of the threats which we did in the past three days. I can't exactly pinpoint when it was about the Victorian, family. And the fact, the we have this image of the Victorian family as being the prototype of the nuclear family, and with the get married in have a single person until death to be a partner the not remarry and the threat retreated was actually the Victoria's invented the message divorce the messy public's candidates divorce because I can't remember the exact technical terms. But, like a divorce certainly became possible for women around that time. But they had to prove it as you would have those lengthy court battles that were chronicled in the newspaper in so much of that is actually, not in our imaginary is a tool. What we think we know about history, as you know, we as a society of rather than we individually is a lot of it is actually. Has actually go, not a whole lot to do with history Brazil, it's more of a an image is one of the things that fascinates me actually is also this image of, you know, the, the golden age of so in France at another country's this golden age of before World War, Two, which is fascinating because he's got no basis in reality whatsoever. Because it was a time of misery for most of the population, most of the working class. Where in very poor how with very precarious employment, most of the middle class when not doing much better, and there's about one class two classes that came out to fit looking better than others were the aristocrats and the bourgeoisie. And even then it wasn't a terrific life. And obviously, you know if he were France cools on Degen. So the people in the colonies, you were not even on the map of people who counted in this, this fascinating suit of everything was better back, then, which, unlike, but where why how life was short and miserable. For ninety nine percent of the population is in one percent of the preparation was basically oppressing everyone to values degrees. We didn't have medical advances. We had no standards, which meant that people could get poisoned by milk, because you have been left to like, wrought. In the sun. But that's what happened. But what we have in our imagination is what in France. He's going belly park, the beautiful Europe which is dresses, and bulls and also to things, and it's just to me, very interesting, how any sort of mythological version of history, actually get is what gets passed down rather than what actually happened. I think it's exactly the same in England. I think that's why not get political. But that's where all the Brexit cut up debates coming from the loss of people during from this. That was a golden age entities. Not now but it was and there were ways that we can get back to it, which is, is actually the same as this fascination with the retrospective with pasta is no longer now. But, you know, it just as you being saying, it was never that then either it doesn't exist. It is it is mythology nothing. I mean, I feel like this is a subject for another time that we could just kind of get onto disclose between history and with Oji, and I feel like in a way that links back to kind of what Tolkien was trying to create mythology England. And I feel like he succeeded in some way, because that's this, this kind of retrospective golden age thinking is really lies at the basis of all fund. Busy, and especially epic fantasy. Yeah, I feel part of the reason I rate house of shattered wings was actually, to engage with the suit of like missile is in history on the way, the people just Krung to this idea of the pasta, actually didn't have a lot of connection with what actually happened, but it is, yeah. Harmful to her. It was I mean, it was thinking, mostly of history, but is true. That is also something that's very potent as root of fantasy as Jaro. It's interesting. But then the same could be said about science fiction because we have the same problems with the lack of representation for mothers, all that, we just repeating this kind of nostalgic view of a well, you know, this is how a family is, this is how child rearing happens, which just doing the same things over and over again. Even in a completely made up future or different species, even but we still so often count release, see beyond what we know, already or what we think called today as the goal of a family writers are meant to be imaginative and yet let me see L on that entire piece. They could be so much more. Interesting. No, certainly. I mean one of the people, I think, is doing interesting. Well, I mean been doing it for what really a Lois McMaster, bushel, and the I cannot remember what the technical term is. But the FOX that they incubate babies in artificial wombs outside of the mothers, actual womb. In the focus again series. These are like what thirty years old. Yeah. Twenty years old so that, you know, does he resolve the still ongoing? But like this particular feature has been there since the beginning at its score. Interesting to see the does not whole lot of people doing similar things, actually, in, in some Becky chambers stuff. She does have different kinds of family setups, which is nice. You can see if you go back to the Gwynn, because lagoon was amazing. Again, you have interesting takes on gender and family roles. I haven't read the third one but, but Yoon HUD, lease of nine folks game bid the middle one the second one in his trilogy. Ravin stratagem, I think is the middle one also has like a glimpse sought like other places in, in the pilot's union has created them where you have different familiar structures. So Elliott is he say, in you'll essay horrific pregnancies and debt mother's pregnancy. When it does appear in narrative. It is usually depicted, his as horrific. Quite often. It's like body horror me. Why, why does fiction place so willingly into this trope? Like, why are we obsessed with scaremongering kind of over over pregnancy? And why I feel like have we not reached a point where fiction should be depicting pregnancy? As a more natural positive process full for the body to, to go for a person, we'll go through mentally and physically goodness, suspect, a lot of these written by people who never go pregnant. And I don't mean all of these because there is to be fair. There is totally a body a horror component to pregnancy. The gun I can to Italy see having been through to myself up. There's something scary that can be scary about, pregnancies will so that they can be dangerous. In spite of the fact. That we'd know, Huw a much lower maternal mortality, though we used to. But again, you know it's a question of what narratives were getting, and we're not really getting narratives about, pregnancies, the go, well, a fueled some of this is simply people know living through them in finding it a very uncomfortable field thing to deal with still some of it probably goes back to the dying in childbirth trope again. You know, we're dealing with tropes here. The have a much longer shelf, life than the lifetime of the people who wrote them. So we are still dragging some of these tropes back from end of the nineteenth century in. Yeah, I think it's pastime that we actually had some pregnancies are actually do not end in blood and gore film, e the. Quintessential movie about pregnancy is buddy horror, actually is alien. Yes. In which the parallels of pretty heavy. Don't get me wrong. It's a great movie. It's really not a good outlook, the, the outlook of failing on pregnancy turns out to be the outlook of most of science fiction on Bregasi. That's problematic. If we do not have brings he has body horror. We have Star Wars episodes, two and.
"becky chambers" Discussed on This Week In Marvel
"Now, I did wanna point out to not I don't have linked to vote, but I just wanted to throw some praise to so marvel people who are up for Hugo awards word Hugo big deal. And so Sean Maguire solid. I'm Ed and Nettie accord for and Brian k Vaughan, all marvel creators, especially Sean in solid Nettie all current marvel creators up for Hugos for their non more a work. Yeah. Nettie is up for two. Yeah. Exactly. We'll work in one for a non marvel. Yes. And the marvel work is Black Panther long live the king. She is up for with a long Aaron Covington. They were co writers on it on with art by hundred Raho, Mario del Pennino antenna Ford, plus a trio of marvel movies or nominated you've got more studios of and finito warm over studios, Black Panther and Spiderman into the spider verse all up for awards. Plus, I just have to. Give shout because one of my favorite writers, Becky chambers. She is up for an award. I love her series of novels. That's on there. She's not doing any more work. But she's just great just props all around. Yeah. Oh, and my wife's friend, Sarah Pinsker. She's up for an award to congratulate you all good luck. It's excited. It is super excited. Really good stuff. Also this week is Russell Murdy of very excited because all the wrestlers are in town. I don't really get a chance to see most of them. But I am going to an XT. And then Sunday is the big show of wrestlemainia is literally like seven hours long. That's what's going to happen so much wrestling what the coolest thing this is the first time in thirty five years of wrestlemainia that a woman's matches going to main event the show Fino match of the night. It's going to be awesome. Becky Lynn CHU is a friend of marvel. She's been here before Charlotte flair who is. Just the best and Ronda Rousey, the trio are going to have a real great match and Johnny Gargano. He's big marble guy. He's been on the show. He's going to be in the main event francs t-. There's a bunch of marvel fans across all the WW brands. So it's it's a pretty cool weekend. Groovy? Yes. So groovy ready? Neat. Jamie on our document. You wanted me to talk about the marvel comics at a to'real retreat. Yes. As much as you possibly can without losing your job. I can't talk about nothing. You know, you hear marvel people talk about it here. And there like this mythical thing of its giant room we bring in like ten plus writers who have all the editors in there. You have bunch of creative people all coming together to shape, the future of marvel comics. And so I sit on the side. And I take furious notes for three straight days, and listen and through a little idea to Kelly Thomson and Jake Thomas for a project that they're working on. And it was like, you know, trying to help them with something that I think could be fun. But now need me the ideas coming out of this retreat are so good so fun. There's such energy. I think a lot lot of that comes from marvel comics editor in chief CBC Boesky and just what he's trying to do with the line and the excitement that he's bringing to the table and fostering in all the creatives. It's it's really exciting. What is the coolest part? Of the process for you to watch like has anything unexpected ever happen. Always there's always unexpected things. There's someone comes up with an idea on Monday and then by Wednesday, it's completely different. But I also love seeing someone come in with an idea, and then the rest of the rooms just like that was amazing. And like, the clap they applaud because they're so much behind all these things or you see someone like how you ING who has only been coming to these for, you know, year or two years, whatever it is who has done such phenomenal work on immortal hulk where like everybody gave it up to Al rightfully so being like, dude what Al artist Joe Bennett, and enter will moss and the rest of the crew have been doing is so focused and smart and fun. It gets everybody else..
"becky chambers" Discussed on Chips with Everything
"The episodes of the Poku this year that I found the most interesting is this one we did about basically Sifi why was obsessed with it. We talked about flying cars, and then we interviewed Sifi author Cameron Hurley about why she thinks people are so obsessed with these kind of weird hangovers from like nineteen fifties science fiction on ready that workable anymore, but we still want them because they've been a staple of science fiction for so long. Restore flowing calls. We still not domestic robots are sort of right? Like, the fallout games. Where basically the entire point of the game is the apocalypse happened in the fifties. So everything is based on their idea of what the future would be like see we've got these variables that flow around the house and do tools. I'm sure there's something about flying cars in the feels like it's the last time. So fiction was optimistic. Do you think? That's it. Do you feel like we are having turn around at the moment? Because. So camera mentioned this actually she was talking about the science fiction. She grew up with was ready, dystopia, n- and cyberpunk. But we're we're living cyberpunk now if big data while it's happening crop dystopia. Yeah. So I think that there is I mean the stuff that Cameron rights is is is ready. New look at scifi. She does all this stuff. That's based on like, I mean, it's very woman led awfully read one of her novels. But yeah, but it's really interesting and kind of use of the the natural world and moving away from the very like chrome, heavy knife that we used to do you not see that a more positive twist in Saifi I've seen a few one of my favorite. So I've I've read recently was by Becky chambers. I love your along way too small angry planet, which was how DNA clearly a little bit of firefly that they'll just Weeden TV show and a little bit mass effect kind of it was basically space friends, right? Like fun people. Flowing around space largely getting on with each other and pushing through Charles intervals through team team building and fellowship. Not not that was up to mystic. I I liked that. But I do feel that part of the reason why it was up to mystic was that it was fundamentally science fiction about characters and people rather than science fiction about the state of the world. I've not read much science fiction that service trying to make a commentary on the present day or commentary on how the future could evolved that doesn't feel these days a bit a bit pessimistic my room. I feel like as the world gets more and more disturbed. It will be an inevitable results in the fifties. The reason for Lord of the utopianism as well, as you know, the psychology of coming out of a vastly destructive war imagining about future part of it was you know, it was looking at the rapid technological progress of the previous few years and extrapolate. Right. So much has changed over the past five ten years. I imagine how much more is going to change the next but seeing in a positive and the thing I find quite intr-. Is it feels hard to argue that the last ten years haven't been one of the most rapid a of technological progress, you know, over the low century. But now, I feel I most people settling my son fictional is looking at the the idea of what the world would be like that progress for another one hundred years, and then not really coming down on the side of like, it's going to be great imagine. If algorithms this much more powerful for ten times this long, it's mostly all which is strange, right? Because you know in the fifties. It was it was nuclear which obviously is the thing that could have catastrophic effects on humanity in the same way that big data can in violence. That was a lot of pessimistic science fiction that that time it's just that. There was also this sort of happy Jetsons vision of the future. And that's I feel what's I wonder if it's just that. We're bit more switched on. Maybe. Or maybe maybe it's just that. The Jetsons had a disproportionately large influence that we're all focusing on one kids kids got to show. Well, ignoring the vast gamut of pessimistic nineteen fifty very much of its time..
"becky chambers" Discussed on Mac Power Users
"Your car on a tablet or even at home on an amazon echo you can get through tons of books while doing almost anything when you sign up you'll get credit every month so you can use it to buy any audio book in their store regardless of price that's one of my favorite things sometimes is use my audible credit to buy a book that's like sixty hours long i feel like i'm maximizing my value anyway any unused credits will roll over to the next month if for any reason you don't like your audio book you can exchange it for a new one no questions asked and once you've bought them the books are yours to keep you can go back and listen to your library even if you cancel your membership so i mentioned earlier that i've been listening to a lot of productivity books on audible lately as a real fun process for me because i can listen to the book and even just keep a piece of paper or a mino in front of me and i can take notes while i'm listening to it it's a good way for me to really consume and absorb these books into my life but i don't just listen to productivity books i also really liked to do fun books through audible and one i recently found that i really enjoyed was a book by becky chambers called the long way to a small angry planet and it's a story about a group of people in the spaceship that they're all just trying to get along and make the best outta life and they've got all these challenges it's just a fun and i thought lifting story it's not overwhelming it's only fourteen hours so you can get through it and of course of a week or so depending on how often you listen to audible but it's a great listen and i would recommend it you can listen to that book right now or any other book in the audible library by heading to audible dot com slash npr or simply text mpu to five hundred dash five hundred to get started that's pretty cool you can get started just by texting to five hundred deaths five hundred but do make sure to mention mac power users because i want them to know that our listeners love audible books just like i do and that gives me an excuse to tell you about even more book.