The Calculating Stars The Calculating Stars
Book 1 - Lady Astronaut

The Calculating Stars

A Lady Astronaut Novel

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Publisher Description

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
Finalist 2019 Campbell Memorial Award
Finalist 2021 Hugo Award for Best Series

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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 York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s 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 doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s 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.

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy
July 3
Tor Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Albinokid ,

Stirring and surprisingly intimate

This is a stirring and surprisingly intimate exploration of an inspired “what-if?” scenario: what if a globally-scaled natural disaster accelerated our space program? The resulting story feels extremely authentic and altogether possible, grounded by the entirely relatable narrator, a genius but altogether human Lady Astronaut. It’s incredibly refreshing to encounter a character whose intelligence and courage don’t always protect her from her own anxieties, nor from the machinations of a fearful, male-dominated world; she is tested from without and within, and her journey feels totally believable. I look forward to the conclusion of her story in the sequel.

DonaldFRobertson ,

Highly Recommended

Alternate history, where fallout of meteor impact early in space program leads to climate crisis, making space exploration during Apollo more important and forcing early inclusion of women. I'm not entirely convinced by the details of the meteor's climate affects, which I think would happen much faster, but the novel captures the 1960s cultural atmosphere, detailed Apollo technology, and life within NASA from womens' POV. The story is very well told and I found it hard to put down.

Reads-at-night ,

Tightly plotted sci-fi with equal rights storyline

Extremely well written and enjoyable.

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