May 29

Publishers Weekly starred review for The Calculating Stars

The Calculating Stars (Book 1 of the Lady Astronaut duology) by Mary Robinette Kowal

“Kowal’s outstanding prequel to her Hugo-winning novelette “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” shows the alternate history that created a mid-20th-century Mars colony. In 1952, mathematician and pilot Elma York is on vacation with her rocket scientist husband, Nathaniel, when a meteor strikes Chesapeake Bay, obliterating most of the East Coast. Elma quickly realizes that this is an extinction event, and that the only option for humanity’s survival is off-world colonization. In a compelling parallel to our own history, Elma, who is Jewish, fights to have women of all races and backgrounds included in the burgeoning space program, squaring off against patriarchal attitudes, her own anxiety, and an adversary from her past service as a war pilot. Kowal explores a wide range of issues-including religion, grief, survivor’s guilt, mental health, racism, misogyny, and globalism-without sermonising or subsuming the characters and plot. Elma’s struggles with her own prejudices and relationships, including her relationship with herself, provide a captivating human center to the apocalyptic background. Readers will thrill to the story of this “lady astronaut” and eagerly anticipate the promised sequels.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

May 25

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells is a USA Today bestseller!

Congratulations to Martha Wells on Artificial Condition, the second book in the Murderbot Diaries, hitting the USA Today best-selling books list!

May 21

All Systems Red wins Nebula Award!

Congratulations to Martha Wells on All Systems Red, the first book in the Murderbot Diaries, winning the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella!

May 10

Artificial Condition is a RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

“Much like the anxiety-ridden but good-hearted Murderbot itself, this series is a delight, carefully balancing snark and other humor without ever concealing (or even really trying to conceal) the real and serious character work and emotional intensity that’s at work here. Wells doesn’t downplay the trauma and existential questions the underpin parts of the story, but also keeps it swift-moving and delightful, partly by respecting those aspects of the story instead of trying to gloss over them. As before, Murderbot makes for a wonderful protagonist and narrative voice, one of the most compelling reluctant heroes science fiction has seen in a while.” — RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, Top Pick!

May 7

Audio edition of All Systems Red by Martha Wells is a NYT bestseller!

Congratulations to Martha Wells on the audio edition of All Systems Red, the first book in the Murderbot Diaries, hitting the New York Times audio fiction bestsellers list!

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