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The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel (Lady Astronaut (1)) (edição 2018)

por Mary Robinette Kowal (Autor)

Séries: Lady Astronaut (1)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel (Lady Astronaut (1))
Autores:Mary Robinette Kowal (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (2018), 432 pages
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The Calculating Stars por Mary Robinette Kowal

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Summer 2019 (Hugo Nomination 2019 -- Novel);

Those little girls thought I could do anything. They thought that women could go to the moon. And because of that, they thought that they could go to the moon, too. They were why I needed to continue, because when I was their age, I needed someone like me. A woman like me.

I loved this book. I went into it being told that, and with a wary eye on how much more judgemental I can be on books wishing to be historical fiction (being written about the space race, while I was in the high holy days of everything 50th Anniversary of our walking on the moon), but all of that was so quickly and efficiently checked over to the side.

This book has its own pace, and it won't let you rush it, not even at the beginning when the world is burning around your ears, or later, when you realize months or years have passed, but without it feeling disjointed. I found that alone to be a really great point in its favor, because time skips, especially when trying to conver what would get America to focus on 'The Space Race' (and Space Colonization not just getting to space or the moon) and the actual timelines of making that happen as incredibly different things. Yet this book did them with steady, even aplomb.

There are so many topics I want to touch upon that were handled here so gracefully. There are so many large, hot button topics being handled with such care in this book, that it is very had for me to say any of them is truly more important than any other. It is the balancing of these, without slighting any of them for the other, while being able to comment on all of them from each disparate point, that earned so much of my esteem in this novel.

- The shift of the space race to being one that would involve, equally, a woman and, even more, generally women. That introduced them as the computers and war pilot of our own history but refused to leave them in the past and to leave the future and space only in the hands of men. The fact that this book is about women and the relationships between women, always helping each other forward, and even in making mistakes and atoning for those mistakes, is what makes it sparkle.

- Burgeoning racial awareness (and institutional obliviousness from her own upbringing, into racial defensiveness on the part of those being slighted, ignored, and overlooked) as displayed by our main character through the interaction with her initial crash saviors, her friends, and her fellow Lady Astronauts was absolutely, and mistake-were-made-but-i-kept-trying, believable. I loved getting to see this issue tackled by our main character personally, but, also, by the space program as race, skin color, and sex all intersected in The Program.

- The entirety of handling mental illness and medication from the beginning. The demonstration of what anxiety could look like, how debilitating both having it and ever considering any help for it (especially at what cost might be taken from that help), was in-depth and I appreciated it. I liked that this book showed martial support, therapy support, medicine support, friends & coworkers support, without it making the theme seem outlandish as it continued to be delicately woven through.

- I found myself deeply enmeshed in the constant weaving of the Jewish religion into the story as well. The way that worship first opened the doors to grief. The way that religious intoning ('to life') was the continued toast to dinners and celebrations and to those who are left living in the wake of so many who would never take another breath or live another day. I found myself appreciating the service and speeches, finding more of a reflection of how the world was hit, and was continuing to pick itself back up to push forward.

- I appreciated the healthy marriage depiction. While I did get tired of how often we got 'silly space euphemisms,' I was pleased with the fact that always lead into a fade to black, and that it continually showed us this couple was still having, for themselves and their own lifestyle, a healthy love and sex life. I love their marriage, and the delicate dance they did in trying not to bring their marriage into their workplace daily, where that kept and where it broke.

In the end, I'm definitely looking forward to reading all the other pieces in this series. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
I loved this book from the start, and as a space enthusiast I enjoyed the alternate history it depicts, in which the space program starts earlier, and ultimately goes further than it did in our timeline. Our main character,the titular Lady Astronaut, is just a little bit too perfect. She's not just a teen genius and a WW2 pilot, she also must overcome 1950s misogyny to be allowed to go into space, and she's woke enough to fight the right of her non-white friends to do the same. All while having a perfect marriage to an equally perfect husband, and fighting anxiety and social stigma about antidepressants. I still cheered for her, but her inevitable success is nothing but predictable.

The next book is going to Mars, and I'm looking forward to it. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
Alternative history science fiction set in the '50s after a catastrophic meteor strike. As far as sci- fi goes it’s pretty tame; the focus is clearly on the social, political, and environmental changes such an event would bring about. And the mid-20th century time period is well done; all the biases, prejudices, and glass ceilings of the era are there for our intrepid lady astronaut to bump up against.

I do have one warning about a possible spoiler - the detail of Thomas Dewey being the US president in 1952 piqued my interest enough to go back and read the series‘ prequel We Interrupt This Broadcast to find out what happened to Truman. That short story didn’t answer my question but it did put a whole new spin on the cataclysm itself, one I’d just as soon not know about. Of course YMMV, and since it doesn’t make any real difference once things get underway I’d say reading it first is purely optional.

Because this turned out to be the introduction of a multi-part series it didn’t wow me as much as I thought it would. Much of it is spent laying the groundwork and fleshing out the characters but the action picks up enough there at the end that I’ve already bought one of the sequels. ( )
  wandaly | Aug 9, 2021 |
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I was not at all disappointed.

[b:The Calculating Stars|33080122|The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)|Mary Robinette Kowal|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1539850192l/33080122._SY75_.jpg|53735352] starts out with the end of the world. An asteroid wipes out the east coast. Millions dead. The world is going to die, slowly. (Climate change writ obvious). The only solution: get off the Earth. From that rather fertile ground, we get main character Elma York, a calculator in the alternate reality space program, looking to be the first Lady Astronaut.

Unfortunately:

It’s hard to convince people that catastrophic weather changes are coming on a nice day.

You'd think that it's a sci fi story, chock full of space missions and technology, and while there's certainly a bit of that, that's not really what the story about. To my surprise, it's really mostly about the pervasive sexism, racism, and antisemitism of the 1950s, overcoming boundries, and exploring mental health issues. It's not at all what I expected, but it's perhaps exactly what I needed? It's a fascinating sort of story.

The one main thing that I felt missing was a larger view of how the world changed as a result of the events setting this world apart from our own. We see the small scale, but what's happening in the greater world? It actually works for the story, since they're things that I don't know if York would care about. But I want to know.

I'm really curious to see how the world diverges more in the sequels. I do expect perhaps just a little more spaceflight though. :D ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I should know better than to try anything about Lady anythings.
  KittyCunningham | Jul 16, 2021 |
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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.

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