Winner of the 2019 Hugo Award
for Best Novel
Winner of the 2019
for Best Novel
Synopses & Reviews
Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning "Lady Astronaut of Mars."
Hugo Finalist for Best Novel
Nebula Finalist for Best Novel
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
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Chicago Review of Books — Top 10 Science Fiction Books of 2018
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Unbound Worlds — Best SciFi and Fantasy Books of July 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.
"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 Netflix'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
"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
About the Author
Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo winner for her story "For Want of a Nail." Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, and several Year's Best anthologies. She also writes the Glamourist History series, which began with Shades of Milk and Honey. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and many manual typewriters.