a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|This novel, which is the first in a series of prequels by the author for her Hugo Award-winning story "The Lady Astronaut of Mars", is a sort of alternate history version of Hidden Figures.
In the world where this story takes place, Washington DC is destroyed by a meteorite impact in 1952 (during President Dewey's administration). NACA mathematician Elma York survives only because she happens to be vacationing in the mountains with her husband (and because they take quick action when they see the flash, thinking that it was a nuclear bomb). The tragedy heightens the space race in this alternate universe so that they are quickly talking about manned missions to the moon and Mars...but Elma is wondering why women are relegated to working as "computers" rather than being astronauts themselves.
I don't know much about what happens after that, but I look forward to reading it when it is released in July 2018 and reporting here on whether there are any interesting references to mathematics in the book.
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