Goodreads Monday: The Calculating Stars

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and share it with the world. It’s hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, so be sure to link back to her site so that we can all see what everyone plans to read!


The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1)
by Mary Robinette Kowal
Science Fiction
431 pages
Published July 2018 by Tor Books

From Goodreads: 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.


The Calculating Stars has been on my radar since before it came out. I’ve heard a lot about its creation thanks to the fact that I listen to the podcast Writing Excuses, which Kowal co-hosts along with Brandon Sanderson, among others. The fact that The Calculating Stars has been nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards just increases my interest. It may be one of my summer must-reads.

2 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: The Calculating Stars

  1. This is one of my all time favorite books! I have a review and a discussion post up on my blog about it because I just love it that much!

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