The Calculating Stars

The Calculating Stars

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765378385
0765378388
Characteristics: 431 pages ; 21 cm

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Stargirl_0
Nov 07, 2018

Very engrossing, detailed piece of historical fiction that kept me rooting for the main character, as well as others in the story. Loved her writing style and use of 50s vernacular, customs, and norms which allowed me to stay in that time period and not be interrupted by now.

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LibrarianSmiles
Oct 22, 2018

Science fiction meets Hidden Figures in this engrossing alternate history of the race to colonize the Moon.

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Dtrasler
Sep 10, 2018

This was an awesome book. The protagonist is brave, resourceful and determined, but she also makes mistakes and has to admit them. The author does an astonishing job of showing the obstacles some people have to overcome to be considered for opportunities that are handed to others on a plate. It would be easy to scoff and point to the book being an alternate history, except it's all too clear that it's also, in many ways, the world we still live in.
This is a great book, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in science or math or space to try it.

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 30, 2018

Just finished science fiction book of the year. It has everything. Three dimensional characters that grew. New premise. Lots of twists & turns. Politics. Easy flow. See the big picture on other countries. Changes in alternative history from accelerated civil rights, less violent decolonization, food riots, cold war detente, & earlier international space station with launch site moved from Florida to Brazil.
Thoughtful afterword by author on why President Dewey instead of Truman to fit new premise to Hidden Figures.
Worthy companion book to Hidden Figures & Mercury 13.

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jldavis94
Jul 30, 2018

This is an amazing ride. I can't say too much, because I don't want to give anything away, but the hero is a woman with spunk and a disability who is a computer (not the IBM kind) for the space program. This book has twists and turns and diversity and was very hard to put down at night to sleep. I highly recommend it if you like space and/or amazing female heroes.

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sloeblack
Jun 02, 2018

Lady Astronaut series, #1

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