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I Wrote a Book, Or, Please Excuse My Hiatus

So. I wrote a book. I tried to do this once before. It was a gritty, noir-ish detective story, undoubtedly born out of repeated viewings of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Sundays spent watching Mystery! with my mom. I wrote two pages, sketched out a cover design, decided that the whole thing would take way too much time, and went back to playing The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary. My hopes of being the first second grader ever (ever, I tell you) to write a book fell to the wayside.

It took twenty years for my patience to improve, but I finally did what seven-year-old me could not. This time around, I went for science fiction, a more constant love of mine. My younger self had a lot to learn about her genre preferences, but she was right about one thing — books take time. And as I’m about to set off on the hunt for a publisher, I need a little more to get it right.

Last month, I had the extraordinary good luck to be picked up by a literary agent. As is commonly the case, he requested a few revisions. My deadline is set for May 17, and until then, I’ll be taking a short hiatus from The Mary Sue. I’m no stranger to juggling, but I was concerned that trying to split my focus between book work, game reviews, and paying the bills would result in sloppy work on all fronts. Susana’s been kind enough to let me sit on the sidelines here, so as to prevent my brain from frying.

As for that thing I wrote, the book follows the crew of the Wayfarer, a wormhole construction vessel. These are ordinary, hard working folks, on a long haul toward the job of a lifetime. As they journey between worlds, their stories give us a glimpse into all the intricacies of their intergalactic community. Extrasolar colonies? Check. Alien planets? You bet. Multispecies spaceports? Most definitely. But this isn’t a book about heroes. This is a quieter future, one in which humanity isn’t powerful or even important, but we manage to pull through anyway. It’s a messy, hopeful look at what life among the stars might be like for the rest of us.

It’s called The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It is the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I can’t wait to share it.

Have a great month. I’ll be back in May.

Becky Chambers is a freelance writer and a full-time geek. Like most internet people, she has a website. She can also always be found on Twitter.

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  • Lindarinya

    Sounds interesting! Looking forward to reading it someday. Good luck!

  • Stefan Slater

    Good luck!

  • Eva Marie Heater

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read it! Please post how/where/when as soon as you know!

  • Kim Krzebiot

    Best of luck to you! I’m sure it’s awesome!

  • AnnaB

    Congrats on finishing the book and good luck! I know how difficult it is to get published, but I have a feeling you’ve got a good shot at it. :)

  • Beverly Ann Abbott Nelms

    Wonderful news! Keep us posted. I want a copy preordered from Amazon a.s.a.p.

  • Carly Hunter

    Sounds cool :)

  • Anonymous

    1) Yay, more science fiction is always a good thing! It’s hard to find as readily lately, with fantasy being the current hotness. (I like both, mind you, but sometimes you’re really in the mood for something with people in tin cans out in the long, cold black.)

    2) Your deadline is set for my birthday. Since the book sounds interesting and I would like to read it, I shall use twisty solipsistic logic to declare this means you will find a publisher so that I get the birthday gift of more-SF-to-buy-and-read. ;)

    Seriously, though, good luck! :)

  • Being Geek Chic

    Good luck, Becky! Can’t wait to hear when it’s getting published!

  • Wayne Anthony Feeney

    Fantastic news! Good vibes!!

  • Joanna

    It sounds a little bit like The Martian Chronicles. I’ll definitely be picking up a copy =)

  • ShifterCat

    Woo, congrats!

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  • Hannah Paige Woodard

    Screenshot from Myst? Hello, 90s gaming nostalgia.