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The Fated Sky

Lady Astronaut, Book 2
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Lady Astronaut, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

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. 

Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic - but potentially very dangerous - mission. 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.

©2018 Mary Robinette Kowal (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I'm already missing Elma

I laughed and cried and constantly had to pause to tell my husband about the very specific and interest things Mary had written about space and its challenges. It's brilliantly read and often very frustrating to a modern day feminist but also thought provoking, empowering and certainly entertaining. Sometimes a bit far fetched, like would anyone sincerely send a racist prick on a three year long space mission in confinement? But still, strong, thoroughly researched and tied together the topics of technology, feminism, racism, neurodivergence, math, flying, family, friendship and baking into a one cohesive story, which I find a great achievement!

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Excellent story - beautifully narrated

It's rare to find the narrator of a story doing such a marvelous job as this one.

Brilliant narration which adds so much to this fascinating two part story.

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The first book was good, this one is fabulous!

I enjoyed the first book in the series - a lot. This one though totally moved me!

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Further adventures of the Lady Astronaut

Superbly written and narrated SciFi of the believable kind. I found myself investing a wealth of emotion in this brilliant novel in which Elma, the Lady Astronaut makes her first journey to Mars.

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  • Kevin
  • 17-06-19

Love everything about this series.

If you're on the fence on buying this series, DO IT. It's amazing Sci-Fi and alternate history. It really make you think about how different life was in the 1950s-1960s and what humans achieved with so little technology compared to today's standard.

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  • shane
  • 12-09-18

Fantastic sequel to the first book ! <br />

A great alternative version of history and space , this book does not disappoint ! an enjoyable listen .with a great narration !

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  • Donna (Girl Who Reads)
  • 06-09-18

I didn't want it to end

I'm sad that I finished this book. It was so, so good that I didn't want it to end. I love Elma but I became attached to all the characters and I want to know how they resolve the racial issues and if a colony is really successful. I know there is still a novella in this series, but I want more of this world that Mary Robinette Kowal has created

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  • C. Haase
  • 03-09-18

Second book does NOT dissapoint

So many good moments and so well researched. I googled a bunch of terms to find them accurate and loved it. Didn't imagine how my opinion if a character would change throughout the book. Can hardly wait for book .

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  • Chester Johnson
  • 27-08-18

Alternative timeline masterpiece!

I'm a huge fan of alternate timeline stories, and this series satisfies that craving. This novel in particular builds on its predecessor in an intelligent way, by detailing the steps humanity would be taking in its next step from a moon colony to its first manned Mars mission. During this adventure we get to experience the continued story of mankind dealing with the social issues of the 50's and 60's as we are forced to "grow up" quickly as a united and equal humanity of all races, colors, creeds, and genders to ensure the continuity of our species off of our slowly dying homeworld. 5 out of 5 star rating, and I hope to see more of Elma and Nathaniel York's adventure on Mars soon!!!!

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  • Christopher Zachary
  • 11-10-19

An intrepid adventure to another world!!!

like the calculating stars before it The Fated Sky will take you away from Earth's grasp and now bring you to face the yet unexplored realities of interplanetary travel. Mary Robinette Kowal's work was at every step more surprising than the step before. I thought I would be ready for the journey to the red planet following my time spent following the Lady Astronaut on her way to the Moon but Mary Robinette Kowal proved that even the most well planned journey bears untold troubles and she demonstrates this with an approach as elegant as Emma York's calculations.

If you have not read or heard this series I cannot think of a better recommendation for your next book. And if you have, another read or listen may not go amiss.

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  • Lynett
  • 24-08-19

Woman Power!

I loved the mix of 1960’s women with a more modern twist! Great story that I didn’t want to stop reading. Full of suspense! Great story

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  • Eric S
  • 18-07-19

great book

loved it as much as the first. only complaint is that is was over way too soon

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  • midobal
  • 08-07-19

Our intrepid adventurers continue their travel...

Our intrepid adventurers continue their travel towards Mars.

After falling in love so hard with The Calculating Stars, I was a little bit afraid about its continuation. Now, I'm not only in love with its successor, but with the whole series!

I would also like to mention how Mary Robinette has made me sympathize with a character I profoundly disliked in the previous book. A terrific example of first person narration and its effects towards how readers' perception of the characters are influenced by the main character's perception of them.

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  • Meagen Voss
  • 05-07-19

Mary Robinette's Best Work Yet

I couldn't stop listening. The story enthralled me from beginning to end. Mary Robinette's committed and breathtaking performance only made the story more real and raw to me. With every book and every reading, her craft leaps to a new level. I can't wait to see what she does next.