Ahoy there me mateys! I had read the book ghost talkers by this author last year and loved it. I was checkin’ other works of hers from the library when I saw this title. Lady astronaut . . . sign me up. I clicked it immediately and began reading only to be startled when it shortly ended! Once again, me wish to not be spoiled by the blurb meant that I had inadvertently picked up what happened to be book 2.5 of a series and a novelette at that!
But not just any novelette. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette (2014). And I completely see why. These 19 pages packed an emotional punch. I was immediately wrapped up in the characters and the plot and the small amount of world-building that was here. It didn’t matter that I didn’t read the two books in the series. I was completely bowled over by the Lady Astronaut, her current predicament, and the ending. It was not an easy read due to the emotional toil 2017 gave me, but it was very much a wonderful story that I am glad was me first read of 2018. I do plan on reading the other books in the series and more of this author’s work!
Side note: Apparently this novelette was written in 2012 for an anthology for Tor.com. The circumstances of the development of the story as well as the complete text of the novelette can be found on their website here.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer’s wife. She met me, she went on to say, when I was working next door to their farm under the shadow of the rocket gantry for the First Mars Expedition.
I have no memory of this.
She would have been a little girl and, oh lord, there were so many little kids hanging around outside the Fence watching us work. The little girls all wanted to talk to the Lady Astronaut. To me.
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