The Fated Sky: A Lady Astronaut Novel (Paperback)

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This is book number 2 in the Lady Astronaut series.


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.

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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.

About the Author

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award winning alternate history novel The Calculating Stars, the first book in the Lady Astronaut series which continues in 2020 withThe Relentless Moon. She is also the author of The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimovs, Uncanny, and several Years Best anthologies. Mary Robinette has also worked as a professional puppeteer, is a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, and performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA) recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and Neal Stephenson. She lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit her online at

Praise For…

Praise for The Fated Sky

An immersive world that will stay with the reader well past the final page.Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Lady Astronaut series might be set in an alternate past, but theyre cutting-edge SF novels that speak volumes about the present.The Verge


An alternative look at the midcentury space race led by an intelligent, well-meaning, but flawed heroine.Booklist

From dangers on Earth from wild protestors, to the dangers of a three-year trip to Mars, the tale is an exciting, yet well-researched tale. Excellent.Philadelphia Weekly

This is by no means just for Sci Fi lovers.Caroline Bookbinder

This was a fabulous sequel.Marzie Reads

Praise for The Calculating Stars

This is what NASA never had, a heroine with attitude.The Wall Street Journal

In The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal imagines an alternate history of spaceflight that reminds me of everything I loved about Hidden Figures.Cady Coleman, Astronaut

Readers will thrill to the story of this lady astronaut and eagerly anticipate the promised sequels.Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Kowals book was revelatory for me, because here is a version of history where men eventually, finally, listen to

A fine balance of integrating historical accuracyincluding mid-twentieth-century sexism, racism, and technologywith speculative storytelling.Booklist

Readers will be hooked.Library Journal

An engrossing alternate history with a unique point of view, The Fated Sky dramatically demonstrates the technical problems with going to Marsbut the technical problems are the not the only ones. Never backing down from vital issues of race and gender, The Fated Sky confronts the human issues of space travel in a United States made increasingly desperate by a massive meteor strike. Plausible, convincing, and ultimately moving.Nancy Kress, author of the Hugo Award-winning "Yesterday's Kin"

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765398949
ISBN-10: 076539894X
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: August 21st, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Lady Astronaut