When creating an alternate history, authors need to consider patterns from the real world. In the Hugo-award winning novel The Calculating Stars, author Mary Robinette Kowal reimagines the space race with more active involvement from women and people of color. In her research, she began by assuming that they were involved and had been erased. Alternate histories like these explore questions relevant to modern spaceflight. Are women finding equity in science research, technology, planetary science, and human space exploration? What are the social implications of the push for space? Kowal will discuss using the tools of fiction to explore race and gender relations in space.
A 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 - and even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance.
There's a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic--but potentially very dangerous--mission to colonize Mars.
Astronauts Elma, Nicole, and Myrtle forge new paths as they work to achieve the International Aerospace Coalition's goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes inhabitable.
Find more books by Kowal on our booklist, Mary Robinette Kowal: Improved History.
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