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The Calculating Stars

A Lady Astronaut Novel
Serie: Lady Astronaut, Titel 1
Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 41 Min.
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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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Awe

It's a great story awesomely narrated.
It made me smile, laught and cry of joy, thanks to exceptional great storyteling, underlined by a great narators voice.

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Not what I was looking for

To each their own. I can understand there is an audience for this book. But before you buy this one, I'd encourage you to look at other Kowal's works like Valour and Vanity, Of Noble Family or without a summer, it may even be enough to check their covers - expect this book be less Heinlein and more Jane Austen.

The book starts with a bang - our heroine is chilling with her husband in a romantic cabin in the woods when a world-wide catastrophy hits. However, the thrills screech to a grinding halt after about a dozen pages and the book turns from a sci-fi disaster story into a quasi-romance novel. You have the main character that has to fight for her place in the society, a cast of supporting ladies, you have your villain - a handsome and capable, but morally rotten guy; the only thing that is missing is the fated love of her life that she would yearn for but couldn't join, which is replaced by a husband that is perfect in every way - he's gentle, understanding, supportive, good looking and can cook.

The titular lady astronaut is not doing any space-faring things for 99% of the book. She's fighting to overcome stage fright, she's facing-off with the misoginistic generals, she is convincing other characters to join her in the cause and she is having wonderful intimate moments with her husband on a regular basis. Also the overall problems the world is facing are handled in a handful of off-hand remarks. This book is not a science fiction story. And that's fine, if that's what you want to read/hear, add two more stars to my rating. If you wanted a science-fiction story about the struggle to save the world, you'll find this one extremely slow in pacing, anachronistic in its presentation of the 1950's USA and unsatisfying both in the breadth and the depth of the issues presented.

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Complete rip off

I got lured into buying this book since the author is reading audiobooks for Neal Stephenson and I thought it might be science fiction (as advertized) simmilar to his. Boy oh boy was I wrong. It might be fiction but has rather nothing to do with science. The author imagines very much how scientists are supposed to behave or something and lives out her wildest dreams of becoming one.
For people interestet in the modern political climate it might be a good read though.

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Really good read - gripping and relatable

More character than story driven, but a wonderful novel in any case. It's a "soft" journey into the sci-fi genre, with elements of history and romance. If this is something you like - like me - you will love this book. As long as you don't expect aliens and laser beam fights.

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Hugo award nominee? Really?

I've bought this book because it was nominated for the Hugo award. Boy was that a mistake.

Without any spoilers, I can tell you that if you take away the gender/race inequality topics, there's almost nothing left in this book. There's for sure zero science fiction in it. So why would such a book be nominated for the Hugo award? Well, because those topics are pretty hot right now and anything about them is a big hit. I guess the author decided to profit from it. And it worked!