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A Closed and Common Orbit
A Closed and Common Orbit
A Closed and Common Orbit
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A Closed and Common Orbit

Geschrieben von Becky Chambers

Erzählt von Rachel Dulude

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Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heartwarming space opera — the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced listeners to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for — and learned to live with, and love, her ragtag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to that beloved debut novel and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect, and Star Wars.

SpracheEnglish
HerausgeberHarperAudio
Erscheinungsdatum21. Mai 2019
ISBN9780062969569
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Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. Her most recent work is To Be Taught, If Fortunate, a standalone novella. Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope. Having hopped around the world a bit, she’s now back in her home state, where she lives with her wife. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.  

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  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Series Info/Source: This is the second book in the Wayfarers series. There are four books in this series. I bought a copy of this ebook from my Kindle.Thoughts: This was another wonderful installment in this series. I was a bit sad to leave the Wayfarer crew behind and be stuck planet-side for this book, but it was still an excellent story. This story follows Lovey (Lovelace, the Wayfarer's AI) as she adjusts to her new (illegal) human-like body. Pepper is helping Lovey navigate her new situation.The story alternates between present-day with Pepper/Lovey/Blue and the past where we follow a character named Jane, who we quickly find out is actually Pepper as a kid. There are heavy themes about artificial intelligence again, which is a theme Chambers really likes to explore (I also just finished reading the most recent Monk & Robot book, that whole series is very focused on AI). This is very much more a space opera type of book than a sci-fi adventure one. I missed the Wayfarer crew and their adventures through space. This story is about what it means to be human; it is thought-provoking and heart-breaking at times. The characters are incredibly well done and I loved all the different alien cultures. We spend a lot of time watching Pepper get some closure and watching Lovey figure out what it means to have a body and will of her own. The writing here is incredibly easy to read and well done. I love Chambers' writing style; it's very engaging and personable. I did miss the broader more action-packed plot that was present in the first book. This story is isolated to one location and is a very personal story for Lovey and Pepper; there really aren't politics, adventure, or any action scenes involved. So, while I adored this story, it was much different from what I was expecting going in. My Summary (4.5/5): Overall this story ended up being a lot different from what I was expecting but I still really loved it. Chambers is an amazing writer and creates such believable characters. I enjoyed the alien races and discussion about what makes a race sentient. There is a lot of discussion about AI as well, which is always interesting. I would recommend this series to those who enjoy the more intelligent and softer side of sci-fi; there is a lot of food for thought here and the characters are incredibly engaging. I am eager to read the third book in the series, "Record of a Spaceborn Few".
  • Bewertung: 2 von 5 Sternen
    2/5
    If you really enjoyed the first book, you'll be disappointed....
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    The first book seemed to wander a bit, but this one was on its plot like my dog on food(he's very much into food). I enjoyed the thoughtful way Lovelace coming into herself played out, and the tattooing bit made me really happy. I agree with Tack about tattoos. Pepper's backstory is an experience that nearly made me cry a few times. Please, give this sci-fi a try, even if you didn't like the meandering plot of the first book.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    was a good continuation of the universe. The story had an interesting style to how it was told. overall good
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    A slow burn, but a wonderful ending. I especially like how the plot hints work. There are things that my I figured out early that my wife figured out at the end. But there were also things that I figured out the day after I finished the book. For example, Pepper got her nickname because she loved the spices so much.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    I enjoyed this story but missed the characters form the first book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. You would think more than one of the characters from the first book would be in the second one. You get to know those first characters and then poof! they're gone! I was also a bit confused with the ending. What exactly happened in the museum between Sidra and Owl??? Probably won't read the next one in the series.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    A wonderful standalone sequel to a great book. This was SciFi with a gentle, unique, slice-of-life style. There is a great deal of darkness and real-feeling situations throughout this two parallel stories of the book, but the overall tone is hopeful and focused on decency, I can't remember the last time I read a Sci-Fi story that felt so great.

    It even made me cry near the end, which was a big surprise.

    Highly highly recommend.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    A lot tighter than than the first book. Suffers a bit from alternating POV chapters where one POV is way more compelling at times. But it evens out. 4.5 stars, sorry I didn't read it before the Hugo ballots.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    A very interesting speculation about how a sentient AI would cope with being confined in a humanoid body, and also tells the backstory of Pepper and Blue, characters from the first book of the trilogy.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    4.5 ish. It has its own charm.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Beautiful. At first I was disappointed to find this book wasn't a direct sequel. But I quickly stopped caring. The twin storylines are incredible tales of finding yourself. My only qualm so far about what I've read in this world is that there isn't more.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    I liked this book even better than the first in the series. The author explores issues of what makes a person, the longing for purpose and companionship, and problems of bureaucracy vs freedom - all within a universe of her own creation. The characters were complex enough and the narrator was perfect for this story.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    I loved this one too! I was worried when I realized that it only had minor characters from the first book taking on the main roles, because I wanted more of the characters I'd already come to love. However, I found both characters so compelling in this one as we saw their early lives unfold. We see Pepper as a young child, before her name was Pepper, and we see Lovelace come into herself as Sidra, an AI in a human body for the first time. This book was as gentle as the first one, and I just overall enjoyed the reading experience.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    Very pleasing end to this. An oddly human story for one about AI and aliens and clones. Continues along the theme of a universal (human?) condition from the first novel.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    How dare you give me so many feelings about AIs
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    I really liked this one, read it over the span of two cold snowy days. It is not as light as the first novel in this series, but the Jane/Pepper storyline was very compelling. I sort of thoughts all the books would take place on the Wayfarer and was a bit disapointed that was not the case.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    What an amazing story! Chambers tackles the core issues of life, both great and intimately personal.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    It's not very often that the second in a series is better than the first, but this one is. The first was adventure, this is a more traditionally character driven plot though none of the characters is traditional in any way but their basic humanity, even the AI. Both of the main characters try to find out who they are, where they are, how to live where they are, how to get to where they want to be and how to establish relationships on their journey. Both are "good" girls who don't want to disappoint anyone and constantly worry that if they live as they want they will be found out and rejected. I love the varieties of species and sexual relationships and friendships. As a dog lover, I'm a little sad at the way dogs are portrayed, but the rest of the relationships compensate for the loss of canine companionship.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Lovelace, the AI that operated on Wayfarer, the ship in Becky Chambers excellent first novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, decided she wanted a different life. A life in an autonomous, human-format body.

    A life that, in the Galactic Commons, is rather inconveniently very, very illegal.

    In this standalone sequel, Lovey has awakened in a new body which very convincingly imitates a human body, after a total system shutdown and reboot, which has left her with no idea why her previous installation wanted this new life with these new and strange limitations (such as not being connected to the Linkings fulltime.)

    Yet here she is, in this new, freer yet more limited form, still learning what it's like to be apparently human, traveling with the rather volatile engineer, Pepper, to Pepper's home to learn who she is in this new form.

    Chambers explores both how Lovey adapts to her new circumstances, surrounded by biological sapients and cities that aren't bounded by walls, and the slow unveiling of Pepper's background, painful past, and loss of the only real family member she ever had.

    There's a lot of excellent character building and world building here. It makes for a layered, textured world, and an even more satisfying reading experience than in the previous book.

    Highly recommended.

    I bought this book.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    OMG I cried about a spaceship.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    Better than volume one if that's possible? The intertwining stories of the protagonists weave together as we look back in time and forward to what is possible for each. These stories investigate whether and how relationships can move forward, characters develop because of one another when they do not share similar racial/species/gender norms or necessarily hold in common similar expectations and motivations. That's what makes these books unusually fun to read.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    A gradual exploration of what an AI actually is. It's easy to assume that an artificial intelligence in a human body will think and react like a human. An AI originally programmed to operate in a spaceship has concerns that relate to that ship. eg. She needs to be hyper aware of the space around her to scan it for dangers -this is a drawback in a human body as a crowded area is too full of action and of things that can't all be observed at once - and you can't see what it behind you as the 360 vision is not there any more.I greatly enjoyed this book, both for Sidra's exploration of herself and for our gradual understanding of why Pepper is so willing to help Sidra and so dedicated to the rights of AIs.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    A brilliant and unconventional sequel to A Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet follows the coming-of-age stories of Pepper, a lovable junk tech, and Sidra, a newly housed A.I. unit. within a robotic human body. There's a lot of futuristic deep thought within these pages combined with some great action and a very satisfying conclusion. I'm excited to read the third installment.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    The second in the Wayfarers trilogy, although it's not so much a trilogy as a loosely linked set of books in the same world. This is two stories woven together - the tale of Lovelace, an AI in a human body, trying to work out who she is, and the tale of Jane 23, a child kept as slave labour, who escapes and has to survive by scavenging on a junkyard planet. I enjoyed them both (although admit I found the Jane story more gripping than the Lovelace story.) It's well written and interesting, and I loved the happy ending.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    Wow. Yes, it started better when I knew who the heck Lovelace and Pepper were, and why Lovelace was illegal. Though the first chapter, was still awkward and stiff. But then I got to know these people, and the story (stories) sucked me in deep - Jane's story was fascinating, seeing the patterns being played out so much later. Sidra's was even better, deep emotional effects (in/on several people) and the way they play out beyond the individual relationships. Though I'm surprised she didn't mention the nanobots thing to the kit maker - something to add to the user manual. She was extremely lucky, on several levels. Lovely climax - and a great ending, solving a lot of the questions that Sidra'd been struggling with. There's still the larger questions - the status of AIs being the largest - but an excellent rounding off of this story (stories).
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    I really enjoyed this story, I enjoyed the first story and this is a sequel, but with only a few of the characters that appear in the first story. When I started I was a little put out that it wasn't the same characters again. However this is an interesting read and drew me in and kept me reading.Again it's more a soft sci-fi story rather than hard SF and some of the science employs a lot of handwavium but I just let the story flow and enjoyed the ride.This series has been excellent and I really need to buy book 3, even though I got these free as part of the Hugo Ballot I purchased the first two books after reading the first one.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    The sequel in the Wayfarers' series follows a different set of characters in the same universe and explores AI and what it means to be human. It is a great and well-written book. All the characters are great, just like the first book. The AI characters are especially interesting.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    This turned out to be one of those books that makes me wonder if I’m a shallow reader. How could I not have loved A Closed and Common Orbit? All of my book friends are raving about the humanity and loveliness of it, and I’m sitting here being like, “Yes, but I was bored for half of it.”A Closed and Common Orbit is a loose sequel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, but can easily be read independently. Lovelace is a spaceship’s artificial intelligence system, but after a complete shut down and reboot, she wakes up in an artificial body with no memory of her prior existence. She now has the task of figuring out who she is and what her purpose is in life, as well as adjusting to pretending to be human. From the beginning, she’s aided by Pepper, an engineer who’s own past as a Jane, a clone built to work in scrap factory, parallel’s Lovelace’s. A Closed and Common Orbit alternates between Lovelace’s (now Sidra’s) start at life and Pepper’s past as Jane.I really enjoyed the sections focusing on Jane. She’s one of many girls who spend entire lives inside a factory, raised by robots and never seeing the outside world. She has no concept of how large the universe actually is. When an explosion blows a hole in the factory, Jane sees something entirely new — the sky. Soon she’s escaping from the factory and struggling to survive in the harsh junkyard beyond, hoping one day to escape the planet of her birth. Jane’s life was riveting, and I had a hard time resisting the impulses to skip ahead of Sidra’s sections to keep reading about Jane.You may have gathered that I wasn’t as fond of Sidra’s sections. There was no conflict or urgency! It was a slice of life story about Sidra acclimating to not being housed in a ship any more. I was initially thinking there’d be more about Sidra possibly being discovered as an AI, since it’s illegal to house them in artificial bodies. There wasn’t. This whole half of the book is what makes me wonder if I’m shallow. Am I unable to appreciate a slower paced story without obvious conflict? Well, probably yes. Maybe that’s why I like genre so much better than Literature.I can see how Sidra and Jane/Pepper’s stories parallel. They were both constructed to be basically machines, not desired or intended to do anything beyond a specific purpose. Both somehow escape the environment of their creation and have to learn how to find their own purpose, love, family, and all that soppy, feel good stuff. And yes, I’m also wondering if I’m overly cynical and not just shallow.A Closed and Common Orbit is one of those cases where I can confidently say, “Book, it’s me, not you.” As I’ve already said, plenty of my book friends have loved this one, so don’t hesitate to read it on my account. I’ve apparently just got some weird reading tastes.Originally posted on The Illustrated Page.