Dark Societies: In Conversation With Becky Chambers

closed-and-common-orbitIn association with Waterstones Piccadilly, I am very excited to announce an evening in conversation with Becky Chambers on Friday 28th October at 6.30pm.


Tickets £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-205 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD


In 2014, Becky Chambers’ agency let her go, telling her that the only way she’d ever see her debut novel in print was to self-publish it.

Becky turned to Kickstarter, raising $2,000 from friends and family so she could take a month to finish her manuscript, have it proof read, and get a cover designed. She had fifty-three backers.

That book was The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

In January 2015, Hodder & Stoughton acquired world rights and published The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet to extraordinary acclaim. It has been translated into six languages (and counting)and recognised by – or won – major literary awards including the Baileys Prize, the Tiptree, British Fantasy Awards, The Kitschies and The Arthur C. Clarke Award.

More importantly, The Long Way has been passed from reader to reader, buoyed by incredible word of mouth. Over a thousand glowing Goodreads reviews testify to its extraordinary status as a heart-warming and heart-breaking classic; a consistent Amazon Bestseller, a W H Smith Fresh Talent novel and a Waterstones favourite, that has touched tens of thousands of lives.

In October, Hodder & Stoughton will publish Becky’s hugely anticipated next novel, A Closed and Common Orbit. 

Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist. An inevitable space enthusiast, she made the obvious choice of studying performing arts. After a few years in theatre administration, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her creative work has appeared at The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Five Out Of Ten and The Toast.