GIVEAWAY: Lady Astronaut Books by Mary Robinette Kowal

I wound up with extra copies of both The Calculating Stars and Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal. This series was part of the Tor Books FearlessWomen Blog tour, and it was easy to see why! It’s an alternate history with lady astronauts pushing gender and racial boundaries while trying to save the human race. I loved the first one, which features a number of strong women characters paving the way to space and am looking forward to the second! So my extras mean I am excited to spread the joy that it this series to someone else.


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About the Author

Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the 2011 Hugo. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies. She is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass (Tor 2012).

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, 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 also 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.

About the Books

GIVEAWAY: Lady Astronaut Books by Mary Robinette KowalThe Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal
Also by this author: Ghost Talkers
Published by Tor Books on July 3, 2018
Pages: 432

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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.

GIVEAWAY: Lady Astronaut Books by Mary Robinette KowalThe Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut, #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal
Also by this author: Ghost Talkers
Published by Tor Books on August 21, 2018
Pages: 384

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Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic—but potentially very dangerous—mission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.


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36 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY: Lady Astronaut Books by Mary Robinette Kowal”

  1. What do I find most appealing about the Lady Astronaut books?

    I think it’s the marriage – it’s unusual to see a married couple portrayed as comfortable and happy. Also the sex scenes are both hot and funny.

  2. The accelerated space program and the fact that I’ve read all the short stories for this universe makes me want to read these.

  3. I read the first one which i found to be so intelligent and complex even though I generally don’t like space I loved it.

  4. Pretty much love everything MRK writes, and an alternative history that is positive has tremendous appeal.

  5. I am a big fan of alternate history, and have always wanted to be an astronaut, so this series hits all the right notes for me.

  6. And this is ANOTHER series I’m desperate to get to – hopefully my Christmas money will allow me to splurge! I know I can’t take part in the giveaway, but thank you for once again reminding me of this delightful-sounding series:)

  7. Hi, not sure if I can enter – it doesn’t say if it’s only for the US, but here it goes anyway, as the books sound fab!

  8. Would do you find most appealing about the Lady Astronaut books?

    The struggles with respect to diversity. From straight white guys who just ‘dont really get what the big deal is’, to cute but very real things like Yiddish-with-a-southern-accent.

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