What an interesting thought. If the rules for light were different - if light faded after a few AUs of travel, we wouldn't have known about the existence of the rest of the universe. Our preoccupation with the stars - the stories we told - would be different.
Seeking a Solarpunk Future
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And this warm, sheltered layby of the global ocean has been the stage for some of the greatest dramas of western history, as the Phoneician, Greek and Roman civilizations rose and fell around its coastline. Those societies saw the hand of the sea gods Yam, Poseidon and Neptune in their daily affairs, and in appreciating the role of the water they were not far wrong. But no amount of human worship can change the fundamental rules of the ocean, and so the blue machine just kept turning as the humans yelled their puny battle cries at its surface, oblivious to the inner workings of the waters that carried them.
Earth is not well. The promise of starting life anew somewhere far, far away—no climate change, no war, no Twitter—beckons, …
Always a favorite. What a lovely book. I've yet to find something as "cozy".
While I love the rest of the series, I always wish I could land back on the Wayfarer and see what the crew is up to. Maybe some day Becky Chambers will write a "sequel".
Isn't it interesting how Becky Chambers subverts storytelling tropes? There isn't an over-arching conflict, there isn't a "hero's journey" (eat your heart out, Joseph Campbell!) - there is simply a crew/family living their lives. Sometimes there is a problem to be resolved, but, generally, the book is about plopping oneself down and watching these people exist and be decent to each other. I love it, and I love how it demonstrates the range of what fiction can be.