A Prayer For The Crown-Shy – Sci-Fi Introspection

Becky Chambers’ Monk & Robot series returns with A Prayer For The Crown-Shy, continuing the charming tales of Sibling Dex and their robot companion, Mosscap. In true Chambers fashion, Monk And Robot delights as much as it examines big questions of introspection, self-reflection, and the ever-changing needs of humanity.  After meeting in the robot-inhabited wilderness,…

Five Unlikely SFF Friendships That Bring Me Joy

This post originally appeared on Tor.com. The SFF genre has no shortage of stock friendships and familiar pairings. They can be magical and memorable: Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Frodo and Sam. Locke and Jean. There’s a certain wonder that comes with fantastic friendships in fiction, where like-minded companions support each other through good times and…

Five Stories About Found Family For Your Holiday TBR

This post originally appeared on Tor.com During the holidays, the “spending quality time with your loved ones” refrain resounds in greeting cards, corporate emails, ads, and commercials. The winter season bursts at the seams with family-focused language and occasional jokes about how long, exactly, you can keep up with Uncle Gary’s questionable-at-best post-dinner ravings. Within…

A Psalm For The Wild-Built – Quit Your Job, Get A Tea Cart, Teach Robots

A Psalm for the Wild-Built is a novella about what it means to be human, and how it's up to you to define what that means for yourself. It is the first installment of Becky Chambers’ novella series about a monk that decided to quit their job and go live in the wilds and search…

The Galaxy, And The Ground Within — So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

According to a note from the author in my ARC of The Galaxy, And The Ground Within, this book marks the fourth and final installment of Becky Chamber’s The Wayfarers. I have been a huge fan of the series ever since I picked up the first book (A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet),…

The Vela: Season One – Didn’t Quite Come Together

The Vela is a (fairly) new serial story that can be purchased in seasons from Serial Box or in collections from Amazon. As a concept, the idea of serials is interesting: the book is written and released one chapter at a time. Instead of having a single author, serials are often written by a group,…

Record Of A Spaceborn Few – A Masterpiece Of Storytelling

No witty title today, just a post about a series that you should be reading. I have talked about Becky Chambers, and her incredible novels, before - but in essence she writes sci-fi slice of life novels. They are quiet, contemplative, and slow stories about people who make their lives in space. The problems that…