The Calculating Stars is an instant classic and absolutely everyone should read it. – Tor.com
If you’ve followed my writing career even slightly, it’s almost certain that you’re familiar with THE CALCULATING STARS. Last month, it was featured at Tor.com in an article by Sylvain Neuvel as part of post focused on alternative histories, WWII, and the space race. As Sylvain put it, “More often than not, authors make the imagined compatible with the real. The world around us continues to exist while we read, even if we believe everything the author tells us.” This type of creativity, the imagined blended with the real, is something I strive for at every turn. I was constantly researching, consulting experts, and more to make sure that I was preserving as much of the real as possible.
The article also features several other novels in addition to THE CALCULATING STARS, including The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J. Sawyer, Farthing by Jo Walton, United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas, and Ascent by Jed Mercurio.
This review and its focus on the Space Race feels particularly timely, given that earlier this week I was invited to speak at NASA’s Transformative Aeronatics Concepts Program as a keynote speaker. You can watch the recording here!