SpaceBook #1

Hello! 🙂 As you can see, I’ve prepared a different post for today, regarding a book about space. In order to encourage young people to read more and learn about the Universe at the same time, I decided to start a SpaceBook series on my blog. This campaign consists of writing blog posts in connection to books on Space and related topics, every time I read such a novel that I find worthy of recommending. Posts are going to include book covers, reviews, synopsis and many more, so stay tuned if you’re a Space enthusiast!

Returning to the current post, the first book of the series is The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Category: SF, Fantasy

Language: English

Publishing House: Rebellion

Cover: Paperback

Number of pages: 432

Awards: Hugo, Nebula

The Calculating Stars is a wonderful, scientifically accurate view of what might have been. Kowal masters both science and historical accuracy in this alternate history adventure.

Andy Weir

Hugely satisfying, as the women of the early space programme, in crucial roles but out of sight, at last take the spotlight they deserve…even if, in Kowal’s thoughtful alternate history, it takes the end of the world to bring it about. And even if the shadow of 1950s gender and race discrimination falls even over attempts to save a fraction of humanity on Mars.

Stephen Baxter

In The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal imagines an alternate history of spaceflight that reminds me of everything I loved about Hidden Figures.

Cady Coleman, Astronaut

This is what NASA never had, a heroine with attitude.

The Wall Street Journal

Readers will thrill to the story of this ‘Lady Astronaut’ and eagerly anticipate the promised sequels.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Kowal’s book was revelatory for me, because here is a version of history where men eventually, finally, listen to women.

A fine balance of integrating historical accuracy-including mid-twentieth-century sexism, racism, and technology-with speculative storytelling.


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