#FearlessWomen: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal Spotlight & Exclusive Excerpt
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The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
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.
When the week of shiva passed, I called every mechanic in the phone book. None of them had the parts or time to repair my plane. But I had to do something.
I had survived, and there must be some reason for that. Some purpose or meaning or . . . something. I took to going to the hospital with Mrs. Lindholm every day to roll bandages, clean bed pans, and serve soup to plane after plane after plane of refugees.
They kept coming. I called the mechanics again. And then again.
About the Author
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.
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I can hardly wait to sample Kowal’s work in a different genre, having only read her Glamourists serie, and this story does somewhat remind me of a movie I loved, Hidden Figures, so that is a further incentive!
I gotta say, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Kowal so far, but nothing has broken the 3-3.5 star range. I’m hoping this one will change that 😀
This one is new to me! I love the #FearlessWomen campaign. Tor is doing the most. 😀 Great post, Mogsy!
Have a wonderful day. =)
Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
It’s one I’m wondering about