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The Calculating Stars (The Lady Astronaut Book 1) by [Mary Robinette Kowal]
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"This is what NASA never had, a heroine with attitude." -- The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut explores the premise behind her award-winning "Lady Astronaut of Mars" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07QKTNM2P
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Solaris (10 April 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 898 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 433 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut duology and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She’s a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies and her collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories.

As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), Mary has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com.

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Tielhard
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull polemic badly disguised as science fiction
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2019
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P. G. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Figures meet the Right Stuff
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - It had me gripped from start to finish!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Effortless and thought-provoking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Effortless and thought-provoking
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2020
I thought I'd delve into the world of female astronauts in this alternative history novel set during the space race of the 1950s. Beginning with a natural disaster, the novel focuses on Dr Elma York, a 'computer' in the equivalent of NASA. It takes us through the author's speculation of what would have happened if the USA's (and the World's) key goal was to "get off this planet" rather than just beating the Russians.

It is a swift (though not short) read - it is written beautifully and is well-plotted with great characters that you can get behind. As others have commented, it is relentlessly up-beat, and that is one of the criticisms that can be levelled at it. Another is the bedroom scenes which are almost affectionately bad, but you can imagine a caring relationship between two scientists being a bit geeky and embarrassing, so that's kind of charming.

If I had a key criticism it's that the book could be three times the length. Much more detail of the missions and the development of the technology would have been welcome. But then, that would've taken it into hard sci-fi territory, whereas this is definitely plot and character-driven.

I look forward to the second book and seeing where it picks up from!
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