This is book number 2 in the Lady Astronaut series.
Mary Robinette Kowal continues the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars, The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars.
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Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but theres a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historicbut potentially very dangerousmission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.
Praise for The Fated Sky
An immersive world that will stay with the reader well past the final page.Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Lady Astronaut series might be set in an alternate past, but theyre cutting-edge SF novels that speak volumes about the present.The Verge
An alternative look at the midcentury space race led by an intelligent, well-meaning, but flawed heroine.Booklist
From dangers on Earth from wild protestors, to the dangers of a three-year trip to Mars, the tale is an exciting, yet well-researched tale. Excellent.Philadelphia Weekly
This is by no means just for Sci Fi lovers.Caroline Bookbinder
This was a fabulous sequel.Marzie Reads
Praise for The Calculating Stars
This is what NASA never had, a heroine with attitude.The Wall Street Journal
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
Readers will thrill to the story of this lady astronaut and eagerly anticipate the promised sequels.Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kowals book was revelatory for me, because here is a version of history where men eventually, finally, listen to women.Tor.com
A fine balance of integrating historical accuracyincluding mid-twentieth-century sexism, racism, and technologywith speculative storytelling.Booklist
Readers will be hooked.Library Journal
An engrossing alternate history with a unique point of view, The Fated Sky dramatically demonstrates the technical problems with going to Marsbut the technical problems are the not the only ones. Never backing down from vital issues of race and gender, The Fated Sky confronts the human issues of space travel in a United States made increasingly desperate by a massive meteor strike. Plausible, convincing, and ultimately moving.Nancy Kress, author of the Hugo Award-winning "Yesterday's Kin"