The Lady Astronaut of Mars: A Tor.Com Original

The Lady Astronaut of Mars: A Tor.Com Original

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by Mary Robinette Kowal
     
 

A Finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Thirty years ago, Elma York led the expedition that paved the way to life on Mars. For years she's been longing to go back up there, to once more explore the stars. But there are few opportunities for an aging astronaut, even the famous Lady Astronaut of Mars. When her chance finally comes, it may be too late.…  See more details below

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A Finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Thirty years ago, Elma York led the expedition that paved the way to life on Mars. For years she's been longing to go back up there, to once more explore the stars. But there are few opportunities for an aging astronaut, even the famous Lady Astronaut of Mars. When her chance finally comes, it may be too late. Elma must decide whether to stay with her sickening husband in what will surely be the final years of his life, or to have her final adventure and plunge deeper into the well of space.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466873827
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
A Tor.Com Original
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
164,195
File size:
514 KB

Meet the Author

Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: "Evil Robot Monkey" in 2009 and "For Want of a Nail" in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year, and "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" in 2014. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, and several Year's Best anthologies, as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean Press.

MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL was the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo winner for her story “For Want of a Nail.” Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies. She also writes the Glamourist History series, which began with Shades of Milk and Honey. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and many manual typewriters.

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The Lady Astronaut of Mars: A Tor.Com Original 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching, beautiful, and above all, human.
travel4fun More than 1 year ago
Without giving away too much, it is a story concerning making hard choices, when all options will cause some pain and disappointment. I would imagine the difference between some of the 4 and 5 star reviews is whether or not you agree with choice the protagonist makes. Almost all of us inevitably reflection on past decisions, and have a few regrets. While there is enough science for SF fans, at the end it is the the human dimension that makes this story memorable, even if they do not ultimately agree with the choice made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart-breaking and beautiful. Felt like Ms. Kowal snuck a peek at my fears for the future (my spouse has a degenerative disease) and translated them to the page. Masterfully done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It left me wanting more--the sign of a good read.
rascal26 More than 1 year ago
Short story, but well-developed and carried out. A gem of a keeper.
HardSiFi More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable story with a much deeper message. You must read it and put it into the matrix of your life experiences. If you don't have much life experience yet, read it and it will mean a lot more in 20 or 30 years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much happens in this 23 pages. I just wih it was longer. Makes me think of agape love for one another and space travel.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Beautifully written
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Word-Warrior More than 1 year ago
a beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable short that didn't totally blow me away but struck me nonetheless at the end. A lot of heart here, though the refereces to other works are a bit heavy-handed and that makes it a bit cloying.