Monday, August 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal, who will celebrate the local launch of her second Lady Astronaut Novel, The Fated Sky, in conversation with Sheyna Gifford!
Continuing the grand sweep of alternate history laid out in The Calculating Stars, The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars. Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but could the International Aerospace Coalition ever stand the thought of putting a woman on such a potentially dangerous mission? Could Elma knowingly take the place of other astronauts who have been overlooked because of their race? And could she really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family?
“Simply enchanting and another great advance in an already impressive literary career. You’re going to love this.” —John Scalzi (Head On)
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Fated Sky or The Calculating Stars from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles to pre-order your copy!
Sheyna Gifford is a physician, science writer, and simulated astronaut for long-duration space missions. She was the health and safety officer on the NASA-funded 1-year mission to simulate Mars. A science journalist since 1997, she has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Astrobiology Magazine, StarTalk Live!, Aeon, Narratively, Nautilus, and has contributed to the creation of science documentaries for National Geographic, VICE, and the History Channel. Prior to becoming a rehabilitation doctor at WashU, was the scientist-in-residence at the St. Louis Science Center. She is STEM mentor for young women across the country and a captain in the Missouri Civil Air Patrol.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.