The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet has been one of my favourite reads this year. If you enjoy science fiction and haven’t made time to read it yet… what are you waiting for? If you want to read my full (spoiler free) review, head over to Pop Verse.

becky-chambersBecky Chambers did not have the most traditional route to publication. First she turned to Kickstarter to help fund several months of solid writing in order to finish the book, then she self-published after failing to secure a publishing deal. Without becoming a huge self-published best-seller like Hugh Howey’s Wool or Andy Weir’s The Martian, Becky still managed to snag a publisher, completely by accident. It just goes to show that while talent and hard work are important, success is rarely that straightforward.

In today’s episode, Megan chats to Becky about using Kickstarter, self-publishing, the importance of beta readers, being nominated for a Clarke Award, writing humour into science fiction, sticking to science within the realm of possibility, and diversity in SFF. Oh yeah, and there’s a whole heap of fangirling happening.

Both The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit are available now from Hodder.

Also worth reading is the Reddit Q&A Becky did for the SF Book Club.