If fantasy or science fiction is your genre then this group is for you! We read everything from classics like Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin to recently published such as Neil Gaiman and Neal Stephenson. This group meets the third Monday of every month at 7pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books. Authors DO NOT attend.
Monday, November 16, 7:00 pm
The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
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 to take part in the process.
Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.
Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.