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Publisher's Summary

Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning Lady Astronaut of Mars
Den of Geek - Best Science Fiction Books of June 2018 
Omnivoracious - Fifteen Highly Anticipated SFF Reads for Summer 2018 
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. 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.
©2018 Mary Robinette Kowal (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 07-12-18

New found favorite book...

Mary Robinette Kowel is a very talented woman, as evidenced by her writing this beautiful book, and in the fantastic narration as well! Mary caught the social mores and nuances of the late fifties, beautifully!
This book covers some really hard issues of the times; women's role in society, racial bias, and even anxiety attacks... it's all wrapped up in this amazing talent that kinda' reminds me of old-school science fiction. That's probably because it takes place in an alternate, 1950's Earth, peopled with all the characters and products you'd expect to find then... and it also includes a meteor impact of truly cataclysmic proportions! 
Science and mathematics are really important in this post-meteor-impacted-Earth, as opposed to the old trope of societal collapse after the big "event". Where the story really distinguishes itself is that it's written from woman's POV as she and others try to end the intolerance and inequity of a patriarchal society, and go to work in fields that have traditionally been reserved only for men... and Mary Robinette Kowal accomplished this without giving the story an agenda-driven feel to it!!!
This is my new found favorite book of the year! If you enjoyed books like The Martian and Hidden Figures, you're going to love this one... Oh, and even better? The sequel will be released soon!   
Simply Stellar storytelling, in every way!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alisa on 07-17-18

Stunning alternate history

I’ve just finished the audiobook, and I have enjoyed it immensely. The sense of immersion and of subject and material mastery was really wonderful - I absolutely believed it all the way through. And I loved how it’s clear to the reader that Elma is a 3-dimensional character whose actions are not all exemplary, but who tries to do better. Can’t wait for the sequel!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By JiSe on 08-17-18

Sublime!

This work of Art is the best piece of sci-fi I have read in long time.

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