Review: The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
4 Stars , Reviews / May 6, 2019

The Fated Sky is set a number of years after the end of The Calculating Stars. A colony has been established on the moon, and they are working to develop a colony on Mars. I continue to really enjoy this series. Kowal creates very intriguing characters, keeps the pace moving well and just writes very readable and compelling stories. If you missed reading the first one, I highly recommend you go check it out. It is an alternate history set in the 1950s and the gist is that the earth is dying, and the space program is working to find a place to relocate the human race to ensure our survival. It turns out women are critical to this as they are the ones with the math skills required to complete the complex calculations. Elma is working as something like a glorified space bus driver, piloting a shuttle for the moon colony and plans are in full swing to get the mars colony going. The team selection for this mission is a big deal and more than just skill definitely seem to come in to it, which causes tensions between friends and teammates. I enjoyed Elma’s relationship with her husband….

GIVEAWAY: Lady Astronaut Books by Mary Robinette Kowal
Giveaway / October 29, 2018

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. . a Rafflecopter giveaway 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…

Tor #FearlessWomen Blog Tour: The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
Excerpt , FearlessWomen / August 21, 2018

Today, I’m excited to share the final #FearlessWomen title. The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal, which is the sequel to The Calculating Stars, an earlier #FearlessWomen  title. I loved the first one, and excited the sequel is being released in such short time. I really enjoyed my excerpt for this one as well (since it makes a Computer Science joke, which was my major and is now my career) About FearlessWomen (from Tor Books) Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.” Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive…

Review: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
4 Stars , Reviews / August 13, 2018

The Calculating Stars is an alternate history with a very strong female protagonist that is pushing the gender boundaries of her time. The premise is that a meteorite struck there earth with catastrophic consequences.The initial destruction was obvious, as it wiped out much of the east coast, either from the initial impact or the flooding that occurred after. However, our protagonist does some impressive calculations and determines that what they’ve seen so far is nothing compared to what is to come. And with the most dire consequences set years down the road, convincing people to take the threat seriously can be a challenge (and likely even more so when you are a woman trying to do the convincing). There is a very real threat that the earth may not be inhabitable in the future, so Elma and others (including her engineer husband), work on a plan to start colonization outside of earth. The thought of going into space is terribly exciting for Elma. She was a pilot in the war, part of the group of women trained to help shuttle aircraft around. It’s an elite group, but no where near equal standing to their male counterparts. The book deals with both…

Tor #FearlessWomen Blog Tour: Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Excerpt , FearlessWomen / July 3, 2018

Today, I’m excited to share another #FearlessWomen title. It’s an excerpt from The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, which releases today. I’ve read started reading this one and am really enjoying it so far! About FearlessWomen (from Tor Books) Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.” Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading! About the Book On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to…