I had a pleasant time reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Plane. Not for a moment though did I get the impression I was reading a novel of literary quality. I would not be surprised if Becky Chambers did not miss a single episode of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine or Voyager. Wayfarer, her space ship is slightly smaller than those under the command of Picard or Janeway but still. The ‘trekkies’ amongst you will recognize the intergalactic union between creatures who have previously fought bitterly, the enormous variety in species, the gigantic understanding for each others singular characteristics or the relationships between different species. The almost human board computer still lacks the physical form, that was being taken care of while I was reading. And lest not forget the aggressive species lacking all insight to the peaceful way of intergalactic life. The voyage to the small planet where a wormhole (DS9) between galaxies has to be dug is the instrument to take us along in the lives of the crew: their past, their relationships and their love lives. Every episode of Star Trek contained lots of action, The Long Way restricts itself to a highway robbery (and even that is taken care of with respect for the culture of the robbers) and a skirmish once the boring of the wormhole starts. The novel focusses on the lack of cultural differences, the living together peacefully and lacks any subtlety in bringing this across. At a certain point it rather started to annoy me. I did not suffer whilst reading The Long Way, it was quite entertaining and it is definitely better written than the average scifi-novel. It is nominated for the Bailey’s however and that, correct me if I am wrong, is for literary quality not for best scifi.