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The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

I reviewed this book on July 5, 2018. It just won the HUGO award for best novel. I’m very happy about that because it completely deserves the award. Congratulations, Mary Robinette Kowal!

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Publication Date, July 3, 2018 by Tor Books.

Summary: On March 3, 1952 at exactly 9:53 am, much of the eastern coastal United States was obliterated by a meteorite. It landed in the water just off the coast of Maryland. The initial impact and fallout were sufficient to destroy Washington, D.C. and about 500 miles of the surrounding area. Earthquakes and tidal waves were felt world-wide. The enduring repercussions would be planet altering.

Elma and Nathaniel York were vacationing in a cabin in the Poconos when the meteorite struck. Nathaniel, a preeminent rocket scientist with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and his wife, Elma, a mathematician, quickly realized the true nature of the explosion. They knew they had to make it to Elma’s small plane and to a military base to the west. They had to put their own grief aside over lost friends and family to do…

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