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A science fiction novel that explores humanity's intergalactic future through the eyes of the everyman.
A science fiction novel that explores humanity's intergalactic future through the eyes of the everyman.
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In the Galactic Commons, humanity is a minor player. Though they have carved a niche for themselves among their alien neighbors, this small, wandering race of merchants and modders is of little concern to the galaxy at large. To most, humans aren't much to worry about.

Amidst the noise and bluster of a very crowded sky, an insignificant ship of wormhole builders -- better known as tunnelers -- makes its quiet way around the stars, punching holes in space. The ship is the Wayfarer, and its crew is an unremarkable one. They are not heroes, nor will they ever be anyone of galactic importance. These are simple people, sailing from planet to planet in search of the means to make it through another day. 

But even the most ordinary people have stories to tell. As we journey along with the Wayfarer's crew, the intricacies of a galactic community are laid bare. Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and alien worlds, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet explores our species' interstellar future through the eyes of the everyman.

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Hi, my name's Becky Chambers. I'm a freelance writer, and I am passionate about science fiction. After decades of exploring other people's futures, it's finally time to make my own. 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is over two-thirds of the way to completion, but I need your help to cross the finish line. By supporting this Kickstarter campaign, you’re giving this story the push it needs to get on its way to publication. $2500 gives me two months of mornings dedicated to finishing this book. That's all it needs before it goes on to editing. I am working in pursuit of a traditional publishing route, but if the end of 2013 hits and this book's still searching for a home, I'll self-publish to make sure that you can have a copy in hand.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to share my future with you.

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