Record of A Spaceborn Few

Record of A Spaceborn Few

Book - 2018 | First US edition.
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Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life; and is it worth saving at all?
Publisher: New York :, Harper Voyager,, [2018]
©2018
Edition: First US edition.
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,24 cm.

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johnulee
Mar 19, 2021

Great addition to the series... we subtly learn more about the Earthborn fleet, origins, 'governance', how they live(d), etc.. but also a little about how other species feel about them... these are big ideas of how to get along in environments of supposed undeniable conflict...

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misterwisp
Jan 01, 2021

-Becky Chambers nails the cozy space opera once again!!
It's just nice to be left with a genuine sense of positivity and believe in people for a little while. I feel like reading this nurtures the better aspects of what it is to be a person.
I see it as a glimpse into what we could be as a society and as a people, although wanting to believe in the triumph of the better capacities of humanity feels increasingly naive these days.
So maybe in that sense this really is escapism even beyond the sci-fi aspect.

-The author has a great ability at telling stories that champion humanism in a compelling way. This is the third of a series, and for me her writing keeps getting better.

-As with the rest of the series it's a character driven book. I found the struggles and interpersonal dynamics relatable and believable and genuine.

-For it's place in the series, it was great to see the Exodus fleet up close. Because this one is mostly to do with humans there isn't the exploration of alien and AI concepts of the previous two books, but the look at the human shipboard society was interesting.

-You can start the series here. The characters and situations in each book don't directly connect to each other in a way where you need to have read what comes before.
If you are already going to try these books though the experience is better if you begin at book 1. That provides a bigger picture for the universe everything happens in and puts this one into a more compelling context I'd say.

-If you have read the previous two books chances are you would already get this one, but if not then be confident it is a solid continuation of the series and has everything that was good about the previous two books.

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bibliobrittish
Jun 01, 2020

I think I might be a Becky Chambers fangirl. And that's not something I say lightly. But she writes such incredible stories. Stories that may not be fast-paced and thrilling but are better for it. Stories that spark conversations about what it means to be human, what it means to be alive. Stories with characters you care deeply about, because Becky makes you care. Record of a Spaceborn Few is every bit this kind of story, and I'm so glad it was written. And though it may not be my favorite of the Wayfarers books, it has so much to offer, especially in its final chapters (the chapter between Fin & Isabel gutted me), which had me crying the most happy, cathartic tears.

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helo1980
Dec 10, 2019

This is book three in the Wayfarer trilogy, and it was very enjoyable.
Reading the first two books is not necessary, as this book is in that universe, but has no characters from the first two books. Reading the first two will give you more background in human and non-human history and culture.

I call this social science fiction...science fiction less about gadgets and technology, and more about the characters.
I equate it to the Firefly TV series....where stories could be in any era and still be engaging.
This book could have been placed in the old days of our country, back when people left their homes in the east coast to go explore the unknown west...leaving family and friends, history, etc.
It is about connections, past, present, old home, new home, etc.

So, good trilogy, good book!

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sat7
Nov 12, 2019

Well done, and a good read. -

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NedSu
Sep 21, 2019

Becky Chambers has envisioned a future universe that is detailed and multi leveled, populated with strange aliens and even strange humans. This tale tries to look at what a human faction might do if it were part of a diaspora that never ends. Generations have passed and some live out their lives on the giant spaceships, some leave for the planets and even a few landlubbers are emigrants to the spaceships. Chambers tries to give a voice to all the prototypes, and mostly she succeeds. Because of the large cast of characters, the story at times bogs down, but overall it works. I hope the author sees fit to continue her work in this universe- I would like to read more.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Aug 06, 2019

The last in the space opera by Chambers. For those who love the intricacies of cultural development, you may really enjoy this. I had difficulty with the many perspectives but it does come together nicely at the end.

IndyPL_SteveB Aug 05, 2019

No one writes science fiction quite like Becky Chambers. Her stories are fairly quiet books about the lives of ordinary people – ordinary people a thousand years in the future, but ordinary lives, nonetheless. She doesn’t write about space wars, desperate survival, or first contact with aliens. Her characters are engineers, farmers, programmers, retired family members, archivists, teachers, students, recycling specialists, and tourists – just people trying to get through life.

Several centuries in the future, all humans have long left the polluted Earth in huge spaceships. This Exodus Fleet traveled for many generations before eventually discovering a galactic civilization composed of several non-human species. The humans are now thought of as kind of interesting children who are learning a bit about galactic culture but who smell too bad to be truly a part of it. Most humans still live in a gathering of the space colonies in an unpopulated star system that the galactic civilization lets them use, although some humans have immigrated to planets or learned to work with other species.

There is not a lot of plot here. A shuttle accident has caused the destruction of one of the space colonies and humans are being forced to re-examine their lives, to re-find a purpose. The book is not just a series of character studies. Things happen but they are not BIG things – except that they are big things for the people living them – big decisions of everyday life.

*Record of a Spaceborn Few*is a quiet book; but I liked it a lot because Chambers has a firm understanding of the nature of human culture and personality. Her aliens are carefully conceived and detailed. Each human character is believable and recognizable. We *care* about them. It’s really quite moving.

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Cycologist
Aug 02, 2019

I have read and enjoyed all three of Becky's books. The stories always project a fantastic sense of wonder. However, one facet has remained elusive... she writes of characters with non-binary genders as if the reader is current with LGBTQ terminology and really doesn't explain the nuances (for me at least xe? xyr?). Otherwise, a great series and now I can only wait for book #4!!

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7626dee
May 27, 2019

Interesting look at how people will stick with the known even if it is unnecessary and even dangerous. Sort of like having to kick a child out of the comfort of home to go out in the big bad world. Modern parallel is people clinging to their "heritage" even when they move to a new country.

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