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The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the Lady Astronaut series.
Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut, 2019 Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Award for best novel, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning "Lady Astronaut of Mars."
Winner 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Winner 2019 Locus Award for Best Novel
Winner 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel
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On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.
Elma Yorks experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalitions attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesnt take long before Elma begins to wonder why they cant go into space, too.
Elmas drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
About the Author
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award winning alternate history novel The Calculating Stars, the first book in the Lady Astronaut series which continues in 2020 withThe Relentless Moon. She is also the author of The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimovs, Uncanny, and several Years Best anthologies. Mary Robinette has also worked as a professional puppeteer, is a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, and performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA) recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and Neal Stephenson. She lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit her online at maryrobinettekowal.com.
Praise for The Calculating Stars
This is what NASA never had, a heroine with attitude.The Wall Street Journal
In The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal imagines an alternate history of spaceflight that reminds me of everything I loved about Hidden Figures.Cady Coleman, Astronaut
The Lady Astronaut series might be set in an alternate past, but theyre cutting-edge SF novels that speak volumes about the present.The Verge
Fans of [Hidden Figures] will definitely find something to like in this novel.SF Revu
Readers will thrill to the story of this lady astronaut and eagerly anticipate the promised sequels.Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kowals book was revelatory for me, because here is a version of history where men eventually, finally, listen to women.Tor.com
If you like: lady scientists and lady astronauts, space science, lovely romance, the historical fight for equality, if you read or watched Hidden Figures and loved it, if you watched the Netlfixs documentary Mercury 13 (about the very real 13 women who underwent secret testing to become Astronauts in the 60s), please dont miss this one.Kirkus
A fine balance of integrating historical accuracyincluding mid-twentieth-century sexism, racism, and technologywith speculative storytelling.Booklist
Readers will be hooked.Library Journal
Kowal has produced a novel that sheds light on how we can build a better future.Escapist Magazine
I couldnt put this paperback down, and I was mad at everything that kept me away from it.While Reading and Walking
This is a book about fortitude, about preservation, and strength in the face of injustice, resilience as a flag against oppression and politics. Parts of this book makes me cry. I cry in rage, in defiance, in support, and in triumph.Utopia State of Mind
An engrossing alternate history with a unique point of view, The Fated Sky dramatically demonstrates the technical problems with going to Marsbut the technical problems are the not the only ones. Never backing down from vital issues of race and gender, The Fated Sky confronts the human issues of space travel in a United States made increasingly desperate by a massive meteor strike. Plausible, convincing, and ultimately moving.Nancy Kress, author of the Hugo Award-winning "Yesterday's Kin"