May 29
2018

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

Apr 30
2018

Lee, Bear, Wells, and Kowal are all 2018 Locus Award finalists!

The 2018 Locus Awards finalists have been announced, and they include Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (for best Science Fiction Novel), The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear (for best Fantasy Novel), All Systems Red by Martha Wells (for best Novella), “The Worshipful Society of Glovers” by Mary Robinette Kowal (for best Novelette), and “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (also for best Novelette)!

Feb 5
2018

2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List includes Yoon Ha Lee, Elizabeth Bear, Nicky Drayden, Martha Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Lucy Taylor! Congratulations to all!

NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

NOVELS – FANTASY
The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)

FIRST NOVELS
The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager US)

NOVELLAS
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTES
“The Worshipful Society of Glovers”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny 7-8/17)
“The Chameleon’s Gloves”, Yoon Ha Lee (Cosmic Powers)
“Extracurricular Activities”, Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com 2/15/17)
“Sweetlings”, Lucy Taylor (Tor.com 5/3/17)

Dec 8
2016

Ghost Talkers is one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2016

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal is one of AudioFile’s 2016 Best Audiobooks!

Oct 19
2016

Audio edition of Ghost Talkers wins Earphone Award

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal has won one of AudioFile’s Earphone Awards, given to “truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.”

“Imagine that the British military of the Great War utilized intelligence gleaned in their soldiers’ final moments by having the dead “report in” for debriefing with spiritualists. Kowal spins this idea into a thoroughly satisfying and believable novel blending fantasy, history, and suspense. The story is peopled with mediums, officers, servants, and gossips–some American, most English, and a few German–and with a plot that makes fine use of action as well as emotions. Kowal goes a giant step further with her narration, which is fully voiced, perfectly smooth, and paced with spot-on accuracy to invest every passage with compelling listening. With such a unique and thoroughly developed story, and a performance that brings it as fully to life, this is a must-listen for everyone.” — AudioFile

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