The calculating stars

by Kowal, Mary Robinette, 1969-

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary

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

Locus Trade Paperback Bestseller List

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018--Science Fiction/Fantasy
Winner 2019 RUSA Reading List for Science Fiction -- American Library Association
Locus 2018 Recommended Reading List

Buzzfeed--17 Science-Fiction Novels By Women That Are Out Of This World

Locus Bestseller List

Chicago Review of Books --Top 10 Science Fiction Books of 2018
Goodreads --Most Popular Books Published in July 2018 (#66)
The Verge --12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels for July 2018
Unbound Worlds --Best SciFi and Fantasy Books of July 2018
Den of Geek --Best Science Fiction Books of June 2018
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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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The first half of Kowal's two-book tale The Fated Sky will follow begins in 1952 when a meteorite strikes Earth, causing a global cataclysm. The eastern coast of the U.S. crumbles, and the rest of the world faces a climate shift. A former WASP pilot and a brilliant mathematician, Elma York works for the International Aerospace Coalition, along with her engineer husband, expediting efforts to colonize other planets. Recognizing that she and her female colleagues are just as qualified as the men, Elma fights for their right to become astronauts. She builds momentum for their cause by hosting a women-only air demonstration, speaking on a Bill Nye-type kids show, and passing tests with ridiculous rules her male counterparts would never be asked to endure. Although Kowal's latest is a definite deviation from her popular Glamour Histories series, she once again strikes a fine balance of integrating historical accuracy including mid-twentieth-century sexism, racism, and technology with speculative storytelling. Readers will root for Elma as she breaks barriers and calculates lifesaving equations, all while dealing with sometimes-crippling anxiety. Recommend to fans of realistic sf.--Biz Hyzy Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kowal's outstanding prequel to her Hugo-winning novelette "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" shows the alternate history that created a mid-20th-century Mars colony. In 1952, mathematician and pilot Elma York is on vacation with her rocket scientist husband, Nathaniel, when a meteor strikes Chesapeake Bay, obliterating most of the East Coast. Elma quickly realizes that this is an extinction event, and that the only option for humanity's survival is off-world colonization. In a compelling parallel to our own history, Elma, who is Jewish, fights to have women of all races and backgrounds included in the burgeoning space program, squaring off against patriarchal attitudes, her own anxiety, and an adversary from her past service as a war pilot. Kowal explores a wide range of issues-including religion, grief, survivor's guilt, mental health, racism, misogyny, and globalism-without sermonising or subsuming the characters and plot. Elma's struggles with her own prejudices and relationships, including her relationship with herself, provide a captivating human center to the apocalyptic background. Readers will thrill to the story of this "lady astronaut" and eagerly anticipate the promised sequels. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Kowal, Mary Robinette, 1969- Lady Astronaut novels.
#1 - The Calculating stars
#2 - The Fated sky
#3 - The Relentless moon
Subjects Women astronauts -- Fiction.
Space colonies -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 431 pages ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 430-431).
ISBN 9780765378385
0765378388
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