Tea and Sympathy (and Robots): Revealing Becky Chambers’ A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

A story of kindness and hope from one of the masters of Hopepunk…

We’re thrilled to share the cover of Becky Chambers’ A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, a Monk and Robot novella available July 12, 2022 from Tordotcom Publishing.

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.

They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.

Becky Chambers’s new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

Cover art by Feifei Ruan, design by Christine Foltzer

Praise for A Psalm for the Wild-Built:

“This was an optimistic vision of a lush, beautiful world that came back from the brink of disaster. Exploring it with the two main characters was a fun and fascinating experience.” —Martha Wells

“Chambers’ writing is always tender and healing, but this book has something else braided into it — something more… This is a book that, for one night, made me stop asking ‘what am I even for?’ I’m prescribing a preorder to anyone who has ever felt lost. Stunning, kind, necessary.” —Sarah Gailey

“I’m the world’s biggest fan of odd couple buddy road trips in science fiction, and this odd couple buddy road trip is a delight: funny, thoughtful, touching, sweet, and one of the most humane books I’ve read in a long time. We could all use a read like this right now.” —Sarah Pinsker

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