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Mary Robinette Kowal - The Lady Astronaut of MarsHere's a winner!

Or, to be more precise, here's this year's Hugo-winning Novelette: Mary Robinette Kowal's excellent story The Lady Astronaut of Mars.

This story, and the Hugo Awards, have a bit of a history, with the story being first nominated in 2012, then disallowed for being an Audio-only book; subsequently published as written words in 2013, and thus eligible for the ballot again this year. And deservedly winning it.

Elma was the first human on Mars, in the 50s, known to all and sundry as the Lady Astronaut of Mars. Now, approaching her dotage (and living on Mars) she is offered the opportunity she wasn't daring to hope for anymore, but kept dreaming of: to go back into space, back to the stars. But going means leaving her terminally ill, beloved husband behind...

I won't spoil more of the story, the above is more than enough already. This is exceedingly well written - it is engaging, thought provoking, and ever so slightly twee and soppy. Just enough to make it feel comfortable, as someone pointed out. Indeed.

You can read the whole story, including some more on the convoluted background and publication history over at Tor.com.

Links: Mary Robinette Kowal - The Lady Astronaut of Mars - Tor.com - Mary's Blog

 

 

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