We are thrilled to reveal the beautiful cover of Becky Chamber’s incredible new standalone novella To Be Taught, If Fortunate, coming in August 2019. (Isn’t it a beauty??)
A special thank you to the cover illustrator, Alyssa Winans, and cover designer, Natalie Chen from the Hodder Art department (you can see more of Natalie’s work here.)
Becky’s new novella imagines a world where explorers from the solar system are able to transform themselves in order to adapt and survive the harsh environments of the planets they visit. (Sounds cool, right?)
Here’s what we know so far:
In the future, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of galaxy transform themselves.
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. They can produce antifreeze in sub-zero temperatures, absorb radiation and convert it for food, and conveniently adjust to the pull of different gravitational forces. With the fragility of the body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to explore neighbouring exoplanets long suspected to harbour life.
Ariadne is one such explorer. On a mission to ecologically survey four habitable worlds fifteen light-years from Earth, she and her fellow crewmates sleep while in transit, and wake each time with different features. But as they shift through both form and time, life back on Earth has also changed. Faced with the possibility of returning to a planet that has forgotten those who have left, Ariadne begins to chronicle the wonders and dangers of her journey, in the hope that someone back home might still be listening.
Although not set in the Wayfarers universe, To Be Taught, If Fortunate will carry all the trademarks of Becky’s other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters . . . in short, it is going to be BRILLIANT and we can’t wait to share it with you guys!
To Be Taught, If Fortunate will be released in August 2019 and is available to pre-order now.