To Be Taught, If Fortunate

To Be Taught, If Fortunate (2019, Harper Voyager)

Published Aug. 8, 2019 by Harper Voyager.

ISBN:
9780062936011

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4 stars (13 reviews)

At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth using synthetic biological supplementations. With the fragile body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to explore exoplanets long suspected to harbour life.

5 editions

what does anything mean, basically?

4 stars

I really appreciated this book as much as I enjoyed it - not the same thing. I am also a sucker for the Golden Voyage disc, so that drew me in, and all of it together got me thinking deeper than most sci-fi would lead me to do. That titular bit about learning and teaching just nails it. What we do is either important or inconsequential or some mix of both
 who ever knows which?

Spannendes Worldbuilding, nicht viel Charakterentwicklung und deutlich negativer als Chamber's ĂŒbliche Feel-Good-BĂŒcher

3 stars

Ich bin wieder #AmLesen, diesmal: "To be taught if fortunate" von #BeckyChambers. Es ist das erste Buch außerhalb der #Wayfarers-Reihe, das ich von ihr lese und ach, ich bin wieder hin und weg.

Becky Chambers' BĂŒcher sind einfach alle queere sci-fi Feelgod-Literatur.

Die Astronaut:innen sind von quasi einer international gecrowdsourcten NASA in den Weltraum gesandt worden, damit sie Informationen sammeln können um deren selbst willen und nicht fĂŒr nationalistische oder kapitalistische KonkurrenzkĂ€mpfe. Allein dise Idee und wie Chambers sie ausfĂŒhrt hat mich heftig gerĂŒhrt. :blobmeltsoblove:

Unter den Kosmonaut:innen gibt es einen #trans* Mann und eine #ace Person. Die HÀlfte der Protagonist:innen sind Frauen, so auch die Ich-ErzÀhlerin. #Poly und #BisexualitÀt sind bei Chambers auch wieder und ohne irgendein Trara ganz normal.

AmLesen Update:

Hmm, hmmmm!

Definitiv ein gutes Buch, habe es gerne gelesen.

Was meine Aussage zur Sci-Fi-Feelgood-LektĂŒre angeht, muss ich sie fĂŒr dieses Werk einschrĂ€nken. Das ist mE #BeckyChambers‘ 


A deeply personal plea for space exploration funding

4 stars

Unlike the super-high-tech far future of her Wayfarers series, Chambers focuses on just the near-future of the human race. Seen from a team of exoplanet explorers surveying alien life, To Be Taught paints a future where governments fail in the mission to space but the human spirit leads ordinary people to crowdfund the mission instead. And when the interstellar mission outlasts human lifespans, government lifespans and even societal lifespans, Chambers leaves us with a deeply personal question, ask from both her perspective and that of the protagonist, chronologically ancient, barely human and too distant to ever return home: how much is space exploration worth?

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2 stars

There is barely a story here. The astronauts go into space and visit planet A. There they observe the planet. The narrator explains a few scientific concepts. Next they go to planet B. The same thing happens. Then they go to planet C. The same thing happens. Etc.There is a sliver of a story between planets. It's mildly interesting, but it is really thin.Becky Chambers does have a wonderful way with the English language, so everything flows smoothly enough, but that isn't enough to carry an entire novella.The good news is that the gee whiz aren't we a great bunch of friends in space presentation of characters found in some of Chambers' other books isn't excessively prominent here. But... isn't that presentation why she's so popular?

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5 stars

Basically I didn't love this as much as wayfarer but it was a great speculative title and still had the warmth of Becky's other titles. I hope there are some other books released in this timeline to explore the impacts of human manipulation.

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5 stars

One of the best books I've read in a long time. I'll have to re-read this again soon. Not the ending I expected, and I loved it.There were some interpretations of science that I thought were technically incorrect at the end, but perhaps it was written that way for dramatic effect. I'd quote here and explain, but it's my favorite part of the book, so I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
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