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The Calculating Stars

(2018)
(The first book in the Lady Astronaut series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Hugo Best Book
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
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

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
PublishersWeekly—Best SFF Books of 2018
Omnivoracious—15 Highly Anticipated SFF Reads for Summer 2018
Past Magazine—Best Novels of 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.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

"Simply enchanting...You're going to love this." - John Scalzi

"The Calculating Stars is a wonderful, scientifically accurate view of what might have been. Kowal masters both science and historical accuracy in this alternate history adventure." - Andy Weir


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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Calculating Stars: 1
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
ISBN: 1-78108-731-8 / 978-1-78108-731-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: REBCA
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel (Lady Astronaut, 1)
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
ISBN: 0-7653-7838-8 / 978-0-7653-7838-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel: 1
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
ISBN: 1-72134-848-4 / 978-1-72134-848-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Calculating Stars (The Lady Astronaut Book 1)
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher: Solaris
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July 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel
Author(s): Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA