Record of a Spaceborn Few [Becky Chambers]

Source: Brooklyn Public Library

Start Date: 2019-03-17

Finish Date: 2019-03-26

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  • This wasn’t as fabulous as Chambers’ earlier books in the series. It improved a lot towards the end, but was a little low on both charm and insight compared to the earlier two. It still had a lot of charm and insight, though – it’s just that the first two books really are something.
  • The description of the practically communist / welfare statist Exodus Fleet, and how it was crumbling at the edges reminds me of the EconTalk episode on kibbutzim, which also described a similar crumbling of the kibbutzim over generations.
  • A Martian city named Spirit’s Rest was a nice touch.
  • Towards the end, there was a passage about humanity operating by stories, but about stories also needing to be in touch with reality, which seems to find a middle ground between Yuval Noah Harari’s “Ignore stories and focus on reality!” and Pratchett’s “The story itself creates reality.”



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