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 earths 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 earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalitions attempts to put man on the moon. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesnt take long before Elma begins to wonder why they cant go into space, tooaside from some pesky barriers like thousands of years of history and a host of expectations about the proper place of the fairer sex. And yet, Elmas drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions may not stand a chance....
|Title||:||The Calculating Stars|
|Number of Pages||:||431 pages|
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I just loved this. A very very real alternate history of the space program, starting in a disaster that lends it much more of an urgency than a Cold War race to the stars. Features a wonderful main character!
A beautifully researched and told alternate version of the space race from the point of view of brilliant woman pilot, scientist and mathematician with dreams of going to space.
It's 1952, and Elma and Nathaniel Wexler are vacationing in the mountains when a massive meteorite strikes just off the US coast in Chesepeake Bay. Much of the East Coast, including Washington DC is destroyed or flooded, and it's only Elma's and Nathaniel's quick thinking in the face of the disaster that save them both. E ...more
Group read with SFFBC! I read it earlier than planned because it’s due back today but oh my gosh I want to sit here and gush for twenty paragraphs.
The first thing I want to say is that there are other short stories set in this alternate space flight history, and I believe they are all available online for free. I started with: The Lady Astronaut of Mars, and it was absolutely beautiful and a reminder that fiction doesn’t need to be long to be compelling. I do wonder if my reading of that boosted ...more
After reading about Elma as an old woman in Kowal's "The Lady Astronaut", I knew I had to read this story of an alternative history of space flight. After a literal, huge bang at the start, the book takes us on a character journey, as a young Elma, already an accomplished pilot, becomes a Computer, along with many other women, as part of an international effort to get to space. As this is the 1950s, sexism, racism and Jim Crow are alive and well, with many, very capable non-white women passed ov ...more
I really enjoyed this. I'm a sucker for books involving space, and I loved the enthusiastic geekery that runs throughout the entire book. What a gem.
MRK on writing the book:
... Let me tell you about the Mercury 13. These were a group of women who were put through the same tests as the original astronauts. All of them were pilots, and many were also computers, chemists, or business owners. The people running the program were interested in the fact that women were lighter than men.
At a time when weight factors were a big consideration in the space program, this was very appealing. After WW2 there were ov ...more
Definitely one of my favourite books of 2018.
And to think I considered giving this a miss. I'm interested in space, but an alternate history of space exploration? What a colossal mistake giving this a pass would have been.
This is a masterful alt history set in the 1950's that illuminates the very real issues of discrimination. Elma's character suffers painfully from discrimination because she is a woman. On top of that she is fighting a personal battle with severe anxiety. At the same time, whil ...more