The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)

A meteor decimates the U.S. government and paves the way for a climate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonize space, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for a much larger share of humanity to take part.One of these new entrants in the space race is Elma York, whose experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician ...

Details The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)

TitleThe Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreScience Fiction, Alternate History, Fiction, Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy, Feminism, Speculative Fiction, Fantasy, Adult Fiction, Sci Fi Fantasy

Reviews The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)

  • Matthew Galloway
    This novel was utterly fantastic. I cursed every hour of work that kept me away from it!The plot of the novel -- a devastating meteor strike means that Earth must accelerate the space program -- is fascinating enough. Then you throw in the diversity and the civil rights issues and the awful sexism that needs to go away for it all to be successful and that makes the book even better. But what makes this absolutely stunning is the voice. Elma is ju...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    I'm always excited to read astronaut books, as you might know from my posts like this one, this one or this one. So I was even more excited to read one where women fight their ground to get to be astronauts. As it turned out, it was not an easy fight, even if it's one written in an alternate 50's Earth. The Calculating Stars is no bright and easy read, but it deals with some really important topics, and is also very engaging and strong. I loved...
  • Carmen Bollinger
    This book covers a lot: feminism, mental health, civil rights, and climate change, just to name a few things.I'm a sucker for alternative history, and this starts out as that: a meteorite takes out Washington, D.C. in 1952. The space race is on, but with a twist---the lady "computers" get a much bigger role. Engaging read, fast-paced, with real *jargon* written by actual astronauts. Great for fans of Stephenson's "Seven Eves," "Hidden Figures," a...
  • George
    As a Docent at the Virginia Air and Space Center, I educate folks every day about Katherine Johnson's (Hidden Figures) involvement and amazing contribution to our Space Program's success in the 60's and early 70's. Unfortunately, part of that story is her struggles as a woman and, to make matters more difficult, one "of color." This tale centers on a woman, Jewish by religion, and her struggles to maximize the value of her unique skill set, not d...
  • Billie
    Kowal is a great storyteller, but what brings me back again and again is the way in which she writes relationships. Elma and Nathaniel are the heart and soul of this novel and their relationship is so perfectly rendered on the page. It's not a perfect relationship—they argue and keep things from each other—but it's perfect in the ways in which they work through their problems and support each other. This is an alternate history novel about wo...
  • Lynne
    The Calculating Stars is a bit of a departure for Mary Robinette Kowal, who is better known in long form for her historical fiction with fantasy elements. This is a science fiction novel, set in the 1950s, positing a space race that is accelerated by a meteor hitting just outside of Washington D.C. It is set in the same universe as her Lady Astronaut novelette (it is, in fact, a prequel).Although this was written before Hidden Figures, readers of...
  • Jenne
    Super cool premise! But it felt like she was trying so hard to do justice to the women who inspired the story, that actually it got in the way of it feeling realistic.
  • Kaylie
    I could not put this book down.Kowal has created something majestic. Your heart will fist up and twist with every smallness Elma performs, each time she minimizes herself or participates as the nation's press tactically renders her (and all women pilots and physicists) a caricature of herself. Your blood while race while she whirls through calculations, because Elma is divining the future and plotting the present and changing the course of histor...
  • Liz Orange
    This book is definitely on my list of 2018 favorites. I couldn’t put it down!Dr. Elma York is a fantastic character. Her witty humor and smart remarks make her narrating style incredibly enjoyable to read. While she is brilliant beyond belief, Elma is also a relatable character. Her shyness when being the center of attention struck a familiar chord with me. The fact that she pursues her goals despite her uneasiness in doing so is truly inspirin...
  • Janet Martin
    Fascinating story of women in an alternate US who, after piloting aircraft during WW2, strive to become astronauts. When an asteroid strikes off the coast of Maryland in 1952, much of the east coast of the US is wiped out, but when physicist Elma York starts calculating the size of the object, it is clear to her that it is sufficient to throw the planet into a greenhouse situation. She and her husband are able to persuade what is left of the gove...
  • Carin
    I try to read a little bit of everything, but there are always genres that fall at the bottom of my priority list, and of which I think I don't like an awful lot of the books they contain. A couple at the very bottom are alternative history and science fiction. But, the exception proves the rule! This particular book is both, and I LOVED it!Elma, a physicist, was a WASP in WWII. It is now 1951 and she and her husband, an engineer for NACA (the pr...
  • Nicolas Lontel
    Il s'agit du premier texte de l'auteure que je lis et je dois dire que je suis vraiment tombé sous le charme!!Il s'agit d'un roman légèrement dystopique où une météorite s'écrase, durant la guerre au Vietnam, sur la capitale américaine (Washington) tuant tous les sénateurs d'un coup et les retombées de la météorite cause d'importants changements climatiques qui fait réaliser à la protagoniste que l'humanité n'en a plus pour longtem...
  • RaeBookAddict
    This book was a utter joy to read! Kowal is such an amazing storyteller and does not disappoint in this alternate history about women in the space program in the 1950’s. This is a book I didn’t know I needed until I read it. If you are a fan of Hidden Figures, then this is the book for you.
  • R.K. Syrus
    Campbell... Hugo... stop with the one stars of spite please :D
  • DMS