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A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers Book 2) (edition 2016)

by Becky Chambers (Author)

Series: Wayfarers (2)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 HUGO AWARD AND THE ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD 'Chambers is simply an exceptional talent' Tor.com **Winner of the 2017 Prix Julia-Verlanger** The stand-alone sequel to the award-winning The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS 'Never less than deeply involving' DAILY MAIL 'Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination' iBOOKS 'So much fun to read' HEAT 'Warm, engaging, properly science-fictional, A Closed and Common Orbit is a very likable novel indeed'GUARDIAN 'The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time' iO9… (more)
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Title:A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers Book 2)
Authors:Becky Chambers (Author)
Info:Harper Voyager (2016), 365 pages
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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

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    All Systems Red by Martha Wells (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: The ethical dilemmas and questions on the meaning of humanity inform both stories.
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    Lock In by John Scalzi (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: Lock In deals with humans using adaptive technology and what that means; A Closed and Common Orbit deals with humans and AIs and AIs using adaptive technology and what that means.
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If you liked "Long Way to a Small Angry Planet", by all means, pick this up, you'll enjoy it. For me, the lack of good plotting, and continued science-fictional fails, made this a less enjoyable read.

Full review on Positron: http://positronchicago.blogspot.com/2016/11/review-closed-and-common-orbit.html ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
Again with nice characters. I like all these people and don't want bad stuff to happen to them. ( )
  tduvally | Sep 16, 2020 |
Again with nice characters. I like all these people and don't want bad stuff to happen to them. ( )
  tduvally | Sep 16, 2020 |
Owl had given Jane access to sims meant for adults, and that was how Jane had learned about swearing. Owl had said it was important to know how swearing worked, and it was okay under the right circumstances, but that Jane shouldn’t swear all the time. Jane definitely swore all the time. She didn’t know why, but swearing felt fucking great. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Aug 4, 2020 |
Sidra, a sentient AI inhabiting an illegal body kit, tries to make a life for herself in diverse and dynamic Port Coriol. Her story is intertwined with that of Jane23, an expendable child worker who escapes from a factory into a massive junkyard, finds the remains of a ship, and (with the help of that ship's own AI), begins to plan a way off the planet.

This second book in the Wayfarers series focuses on a new set of characters, so it could be read as a standalone. I enjoyed it slightly less than the first book, but that may just have been some lingering disappointment in the shift of focus, as I was really hoping to hear more about the Wayfarer and its crew. The tighter focus on the two main characters, each with their own distinct narrative taking place in separate places and times, made for a different reading experience from the first book, which had more voices but a unified story line. I found Jane's story more compelling than Sidra's, though I enjoyed both. Recommended to fans of the first book (just be aware you won't be spending time with the characters you've come to love), and to anyone who finds sentient AI and the ethical issues inherent in the concept intriguing. ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 31, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Chambers, Beckyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aquan, Richard L.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doll, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dulude, RachelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodríguez, PatriciaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szafranski, Paula RussellDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lovelace had been in a body for twenty-eight minutes, and it still felt every bit as wrong as it had the second she woke up inside it.
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Jane let out a sob she hadn't known was there. Oouoh sat up with a start. 'Oh - oh, what the fuck, he said. 'Shit, let's get you to the med ward, come on -'
Jane stared at him, 'What? Why? I'm fine.'
'Uh, no, you're ...your eyes are leaking.'
Jane laughed, which was heard to do while crying. 'No, no, this' she sniffed hard - 'it's just tears. It's okay.'
Oouoh was distraught. 'What about this is okay?'
'We do this. Humans do this when - when we're feeling a lot of things.'
'You leak?'
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 HUGO AWARD AND THE ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD 'Chambers is simply an exceptional talent' Tor.com **Winner of the 2017 Prix Julia-Verlanger** The stand-alone sequel to the award-winning The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS 'Never less than deeply involving' DAILY MAIL 'Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination' iBOOKS 'So much fun to read' HEAT 'Warm, engaging, properly science-fictional, A Closed and Common Orbit is a very likable novel indeed'GUARDIAN 'The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time' iO9

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