What if an asteroid landed in the early 1950s, one that would soon make the world uninhabitable? In a world where man is forced to colonize space or risk extinction, why wouldn’t you want women joining the quest as astronauts? Mary Robinette Kowal’s alternate history stars Elma York, an experienced pilot and mathematician hell-bent on becoming Earth’s first woman astronaut. The Calculating Stars is the first book in Kowal’s Lady Astronaut series and was named a best science fiction book of 2018 by Chicago Review of Books, Bookriot, and Publishers Weekly. “A fine balance of integrating historical accuracy―including mid-twentieth-century sexism, racism, and technology―with speculative storytelling,” writes Booklist.