Fiction Friday: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut

Happy Friday, book-lovers! It's been an exciting week for E-N Computers. Yesterday, we held our third in a series of educational cybersecurity conferences in Staunton at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. We had an amazing turnout, with several speakers who are either currently or have had successful careers as law enforcement officers throughout out the state of Virginia. E-N Computers would like to extend a special thank you to the keynote speaker, Dan OBrien.

E-N Computers would like to share the feeling of excitement and adventure that we've experienced this week by recommending The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut by Mary Robinette Kowal for Fiction Friday. The novel follows Elma York, a WASP pilot and mathematician.

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite falls to earth and obliterates much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm soon renders 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.

Mary Robinette Kowal’s novel is a finalist for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award two of the most prestigious Sci-Fi book awards out there.

A huge thank you to the Massanutten Regional Library, and to Reference Librarian Paul Frankel, for providing a summary of Mary Robinette Kowal's The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut.