Calculating Stars, TheKowal, Mary Robinette
In 1952, a meteorite destroys the East Coast of USA. With the likelihood that earth will become uninhabitable, drastic action on a global scale is called for. The plan - colonise the moon and then Mars. When the International Aerospace Coalition is formed, WWII pilot and mathematician Elma York is determined that nothing and no one will stop her from being an astronaut.
Engaging characters, credible science and a gentle exploration of contemporary issues within its historical setting ensure this alternate history of the space race is as exciting as it is thought-provoking. [Larger font]
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"A wide range of age groups would enjoy this book and there is a great deal to discuss."
"I liked the well-developed, sympathetic characters."
"It's well-researched and addresses contemporary themes (eg, sexism, racism, mental health, climate change)."
"My daughter also loved this book and was so impressed she has reserved the second in the series."
"Excellent vehicle for considering the various themes in a different light."
"While the book addresses a range of social issues, its main character is white and very privileged. In this sense, this alternative history is not that radical, but is perhaps more realistic for it."
"A most enjoyable read and not one I would normally read."
"The characters in general are well-drawn, and the author makes every effort to round them out. Even the arch-nemesis has positive qualities."