Mary Robinette Kowal – The Past & Future

Mary Robinette Kowal was at the Poisoned Pen in August with her first two Lady Astronaut novels, The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky.  Those books, and others by Kowal, are available through the Web Store.

You might want to pick them up now. According to Andrew Liptak in The Verge, Kowal just signed a six-figure deal with Tor Books to add two more novels to the series, and to write a sci-fi murder mystery novel. Details here.

For those unfamiliar with the series, here’s the summary of the first book, The Calculating Stars.

Mary Robinette Kowal’s science fiction debut, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning “Lady Astronaut of Mars.” 

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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.