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The Fated Sky

The Fated Sky

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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 t520 take part in the process"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 there's a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic--but potentially very dangerous--mission? 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?"--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780765398949
Call Number: SF KOWAL MA
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 30, 2021

This was, and like it's first book in the series, a fun book to read. The juxtaposition of being a alt-history and yet a book about the beginnings of space travel is fun. And the best part even though it is a second in a trilogy it doesn't feel like you need to have read the first book to understand what had happened. There is no recap but through the plot of the story enough points from the first book come through.

Can't wait for the third one!

Oct 16, 2019

Simply a superb novel. The world she envisioned in the first novel, The Calculating Stars, (really, this is just one long novel) is intact and in trouble. Yes, the character is flawed, but she is historically accurate. Kirkus review looks at the storyline of race from its 21st century microscope, a smarmy review that ignores the reality of the 50's and 60's. These conversations were both real and awkward. This is a compelling work, filled with science and fiction, and is accurate for its timeline (excluding the extinction event).

More importantly, this novel screams for a continuation. I do not know of the author's intentions, but she does have a history of writing sequels. I would love to read more of this universe. I regret reading this in a day and a half- I wished I could make the story last longer. Let's hope for The Lady Astronaut and the Red Planet.

RandomLibrarian Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "I really enjoyed this story. In fact, I enjoyed it much more than I did 'The Calculating Stars', although I think that preference is less one of skill (both books are well-written) and more one of personal taste (this book is more adventurous). While it could work as a standalone, I recommend reading 'The Calculating Stars' first. You’ll have more understanding of both the main characters and the overall urgency that drives the effort to set up a Mars colony. The character development felt organic and I loved how at any sign of trouble the team would immediately stop bickering and settle down to business until the crisis had passed."

Nov 29, 2018

I read through the reviews and found myself in agreement with the Kirkus one. There are a lot of science details in this book (which I crave), and her descriptions were rewarding, and yes, the author left the main character very flawed; Elma let me down. It made me want to know just how purposeful Kowal was with character flaws. White women from this time period were...
I still love the way her books kept me in a place in time, as well as in space and made me think. I also enjoyed reading the acknowledgments in both books and found it fascinating to read where the "science" came from.


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Aug 31, 2019

“How about you? Anyone special?”
“Nope. Had a fellow who proposed, but he wanted me to stop working. ‘It’s the job or me.’ Well . . . that was an easy choice. Since then . . . You know how it is. Men get intimidated when you’re smart.”

Aug 31, 2019

“. . . I’m worried that he might have . . . put Florence in a compromising position.”
“Do you honestly think she would be silent about such a thing? If it were against her wishes?”
I frowned, trying to imagine that, and kept bumping up against memories of women that I’d known who had, in fact, kept quiet about just such things. Forthright, brave women, who wouldn’t discuss them out of misplaced shame. Or fear of not being believed.

Aug 31, 2019

One of the early problems with being in space was that the congestion and sip-packs meant you couldn’t really smell the coffee, which took half of the joy out of it. It was just bitter water. Bitter water with caffeine, but still.

Aug 31, 2019

Here’s the interesting thing: you don’t have to like someone to work well with them. In fact, in some ways, it’s more efficient when you aren’t paired with someone whose company you enjoy, because both of you have a vested interest in finishing tasks as quickly as possible in order to minimize contact. When you’re with a friend, there’s likely to be joking or goofing around.


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