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The Fated Sky
The Fated Sky: A Lady Astronaut Novel | Mary Robinette Kowal
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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. 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. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Bowietrek
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The Lady Astronaut series, book 2. Preparations for a trip to Mars. Well written, fascinating alternate history of a group of astronauts and their trip to Mars. Warning, detailed description of being ill in zero gravity. Be prepared. Great series so far. Looking forward to the next one.

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BarbaraJean
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#BFCR4 Week 1 check-in! This was an inauspicious start to the challenge, since I was fighting a cold. I had such low energy—I only managed 2 walks & didn‘t make it to the gym. And I counted a lot of herbal tea as water intake! I did complete the tagged book & also realized that it‘s okay to give myself credit for things I‘m already doing (i.e. the herbal tea!) instead of always trying to add on more to do. #runningonreading #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great first week especially considering you're fighting a cold. I hope you're feeling better. And, yes, it's definitely okay to give yourself credit for things you're already doing. 1mo
hermyknee That‘s awesome. Listening to your body is also super important ♥️ 1mo
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BarbaraJean
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I started this last night, and two pet peeves from the first book reared their heads rather quickly: a rocket-launch double entendre (my pet peeve) on the third page, and a martini reference (my husband‘s pet peeve) on the fourth page. 😬 I wonder if keeping a running tally of these (or playing a drinking game) might be in order? 😂

valeriegeary Drinking game... Definitely🍸 1mo
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ralexist
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In book 2 of The Lady Astronaut series Elma York, our MC, finds herself on the inaugural launch team after a last-minute switch in personnel. The book spends about half the time leading up to the launch deciding who goes and who stays, all while dealing with race relations and gender roles applicative to the 1960s. The other half is spent on the actual launch and travel to Mars. Lots of delving into character relationships. Highly recommended!

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NotCool
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The Lady Astronaut goes to Mars. This book gives readers a chance not to loathe Parker, the sexist but skilled pilot from the . As the climate continues changing the question of who is going to benefit from the very expensive space program and who will be left behind comes up.

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slightlyfoxed
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1. Tagged book + The Emperor‘s Edge by Lindsay Buroker + about to start Samantha Irby‘s Meaty on audio.
2. The rest of the Emperor‘s Edge series 🤷🏼‍♀️.
3. I‘ve forced The Calculating Stars and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle on anyone who will listen.
#WeekendReads

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Lexicon1982
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Is it possible for the second book to be even better than the first? Yes...Yes it is!
Listened as an audiobook and the narrator did a great job making you feel like you were actually in space with the crew! enjoyable to see the dynamic develop between Elma and Parker
A fast paced space odyssey that if you liked The Calculating Stars you will love The Fated Sky!
5 stars!

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rabbitprincess
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Another great book in the Lady Astronaut series! Much higher stakes now that they're headed for Mars. I love the atmosphere of the early space program and the character development as the series has progressed. Looking forward to more!

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ShyBookOwl
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"My mother once told me that an apology wasn't about being right or wrong, but showing that the relationship was more important than the problem."

That's a great #lessons
#springintoreading

@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks True ❤️ 7mo
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Deifio
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Good read!

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ShyBookOwl
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Audiobook and crochet... and discount Easter chocolate, of course.

The Fated Sky... I'm actually enjoying this sequel more than the first book so far.

Making a tote so I have a place to stick all the bookish enamel pins I will inevitably end up buying 🤷🏽‍♀️

BibliOphelia I envy your skill! One can never have too many totes, especially cute ones like this! 7mo
ShyBookOwl @BibliOphelia Thank you 😊 it's just lots of practice 😉 7mo
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trigeekgirl

Normal people wonder if they‘re packing enough underwear for a long flight and long trip. I worry about whether I‘m packing enough books. Fortunately, they‘re ebooks, so I‘ll just check out lots and if I don‘t finish them all? Better than running out!

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ssravp
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Another home run. This is such an outstanding series!

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silentrequiem
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I've shared this before on Litsy but it's too good not to share again. Mary Robinette was having so much fun talking yarn and crochet with me she misspelled her own name.

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Expandingbookshelf
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You know that feeling when you open a book at night and you just KNOW you are going to be up way too late, swearing you‘ll put it down after just one more chapter? And you know you‘re going to be sorry when you have to get up for work, but you still can‘t stop reading? That‘s what the Lady Astronaut series does to me.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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I continue to be amazed that this author gets so little recognition - all her novels are fantastic, and yet it seems that a large chunk of the reading world hasn't heard of her!
This series (beginning with The Calculating Stars, and continuing with this volume) is a fascinating alternate history in which the world is forced to colonize space. Elma is a brilliant mathematician who has to (surprise) prove her worth to the dudes. Highly recommended.

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SarahSaysRead
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I love this series, and just happily learned that there will be more in come but not until 2020. You can read the first book as a standalone if you want, but this sequel is just as delightful. Elma and her astronaut friends are still facing sexism and racism, but still strive forward with the goal of getting to space to save humanity. 💖🚀💖🚀💖

#ladiesgetshitdone #scifi #space #inclusive #awesomeauthors #extinctionevent #lovethis

EliNeedsMoreShelves I love this series! It deserves a lot more coverage. One of my favorites this year. 13mo
SarahSaysRead @EliNeedsMoreShelves Agreed! I'm surprised it's not more popular. 13mo
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silentrequiem
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When cover designers do cool things with spines in a series. 😍

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silentrequiem
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When the author is so into talking about yarn and crocheting with you that she misspells her own name... Ha. I love her. #Bubonicon

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silentrequiem
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Done! Wow, this book. I loved it. This was more The Martian than Hidden Figures. Space travel, the drive to survive, the psychology of it all... I really want a companion story about what is going on during this book back on Earth.

I also really wanted a certain racist South African to be shoved out the airlock.

#feministreads

EliNeedsMoreShelves I love this series! It deserves a lot more coverage. One of my favorites this year. 13mo
silentrequiem @EliNeedsMoreShelves Did you see that Kowal signed a deal for two more? So excited? 13mo
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silentrequiem
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When you look up from your book and it's 2:30 am and you question whether you should keep going or go to sleep...

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silentrequiem
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This made me laugh so much. I have a friend who is a US Navy Captain, and I once teased him about using sextants to navigate. Turns out he knows how to, and had taught this at the Academy. Whoops. ☺

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silentrequiem
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I started book two last night and already love it! And I can't wait to see the author this weekend at Bubonicon! #feministreads

readordierachel What's Bubonicon? A convention? 1y
silentrequiem @ReadOrDieRachel Yup! It's Albuquerque's local literary SFF convention. Kowal and John Scalzi are the guests of honor this year. 1y
readordierachel How cool! Sounds like it'll be fun :) 1y
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avalinah
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My long awaited sequel of The Calculating stars turned out to be just as amazing as the first book! After closing the last page, I was just as devastated as the first time round that I have to leave the world of this story. The Lady Astronaut books remain the kind of story you don't really want to leave. Full review: http://bit.ly/2LIrfvL

EliNeedsMoreShelves I love this series! It deserves a lot more coverage. One of my favorites this year. 13mo
avalinah @EliNeedsMoreShelves agreed 100%! 13mo
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