So I bought this book a couple of weeks ago. It was a pretty good book until the author decided to wade into the sexism-racism pool.
At about mid-book, she talks about how one night when she was alone in the Keck Observer’s room, a PI for the next day walks in and asks to speak to “the PI”. She mumbles something, and finally says that’s her. They exchange a short pleasentry, and he leaves. She then goes on to claim “sexism”. Maybe, until she explains her appearance. She is wearing yellow socks with happy faces on them (no shoes), the bottom of some flannel pajamas, a t-shirt with cartoon penquins on it, her hair is in braids, and on top, a striped wool hat. This woman is 25 years old at the time! If I had encountered that, I would have thought the same thing as the male visitor, and I’m a girl too.
I worked with PIs for 15 years of my engineering career, and none, dressed like that. I would of thought that some 12 year old “teeny-bopper” had somehow gotten into the control room.
Aahh, but that’s not all, we are then told of how her boyfriend and her have agreed to a co-equal relationship. In a book about Stargazers! Then we get a diatribe about the lack of blacks and women in Astronomy. Evidently it never occurs to her that maybe, just maybe, those groups have chosen not to enter the field, instead of some covert plot to keep them out.
How this ancillary crap was left in the book by the publisher and editor is beyond me. I wanted to read about the people who are “The Last Stargazers”, not this socio-political junk.
So in the end, I did something to this book that I have never done to any of the almost 1000 books in my library. I threw it in the trash and stopped reading it. I will NEVER buy another book that she writes.
Edited by SandyHouTex, 12 March 2021 - 01:45 PM.