To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
To Be Taught, if Fortunate is a new science fiction novella by Becky Chambers. It’s a very unique story, and if you enjoy a new take on sci-fi, you’ll love this one. It is a very interesting look at a new world and the human race’s place in it. The story has plenty of twists and turns, and the characters are well-written and realistic.
The world of To Be Taught, If Fortunate is a far cry from our own, and it’s a sci-fi tale about the consequences of human ingenuity and the nature of destiny. Set in the twenty-second century, the story follows a group of space explorers who travel to distant planets, which they call “Lawki expeditions.” These expeditions are not about colonisation, but about gathering knowledge for knowledge’s sake, and doing little harm.
This novella, To Be Taught, If Fortunate, is unlike most sci-fi novels or films, because it is more like a mission report or diary of one astronaut than a novel. It is written in the first person, and in some sections, the narrator is talking directly to the reader, and asking the reader to consider what he or she is saying.
While To Be Taught, If Fortunate doesn’t have the same narrative drive as Chambers’ novels, it shows that the author is capable of writing intelligent science fiction, despite the lack of alien civilisations. It’s a fun read for those who enjoy space operas, and fans of the Wayfarers series.