|Kowal, Mary Robinette
|FICTION / Alternative History
|FICTION / General
|FICTION / Science Fiction / General
|FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
|Nebula Awards - Winner (2018) Winner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year (2018) Long-listed
Hugo Award - Winner (2019) Winner
Locus Awards - Nominee Short-listed
Hugo Award - Nominee (2019) Short-listed
Locus Awards - Winner (2019) Winner
Library Journal Best Books of the Year (2018) Long-listed
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year (2018) Long-listed
Nebula Awards - Nominee (2018) Short-listed
|Tom Doherty Associates
|8.30in x 5.48in x 1.17in
|From The Publisher*
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."
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.
Praise for The Calculating Stars
"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 they're 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)
"Kowal's 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 Netlfix's documentary Mercury 13 (about the very real 13 women who underwent secret testing to become Astronauts in the 60s), please don't miss this one."-Kirkus
"A fine balance of integrating historical accuracy-including mid-twentieth-century sexism, racism, and technology-with speculative storytelling."-Booklist
"Readers will be hooked."-Library Journal
"An engrossing alternate history with a unique point of view, The Fated Sky dramatically demonstrates the technical problems with going to Mars-but 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"
|Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the historical fantasy novels Ghost Talkers and the five books in The Glamourist Histories series. She is also a multiple Hugo Award winner. Her short fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Tor.com, and Asimov's. Mary, a professional puppeteer, lives in Chicago with her husband Robert and over a dozen manual typewriters.