In 2013, Mary Robinette Kowal published a story in an audio anthology called “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” introducing what she described as “punch card punk” science fiction: a story of space exploration with all the trappings of the Apollo program. This summer, she’s added to that world with two new novels: The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky.
The novels play out in a breathtaking alternate world where humanity must establish a foothold off-world after an asteroid devastates Earth. While that world-ending scenario sets the stage, it’s the underlying social issues that arise in the aftermath, from race relations to gender equality, that really drive the plot. The resulting duology is an enthralling read that’s pressingly relevant in 2018.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.