Record of a Spaceborn Few

Wayfarers is a series of science fiction novels written by Becky Chambers. Chambers' Wayfarers stories are set in the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons, a galactic federation of intelligent species - humans, artificial intelligence, and aliens (most of whom are older and more advanced than humans) - as they form imperfect communities. Each novel has looked at a different part of life in the Galactic Commons with mostly new sets of characters in each novel, although there is usually a connection to a character introduced in the first book.

This year's qualifying work is the third book in the series: Record of a Spaceborn Few. This one is set in the Exodus Fleet, the fleet carrying the descendants of the last humans to leave Earth, fleeing its environmental collapse.

"Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way.

But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life—and is it worth saving at all?

A young apprentice, a lifelong spacer with young children, a planet-raised traveler, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, and an Archivist whose mission is to ensure no one’s story is forgotten, wrestle with these profound universal questions. The answers may seem small on the galactic scale, but to these individuals, it could mean everything."

The previous works in the series are: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) and A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2).