About Mary

Mary Robinette Kowal Bio


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. 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.

Kowal is also an award-winning puppeteer. With over twenty years of experience, she has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve.

When she isn’t writing or puppeteering, Kowal brings her speech and theater background to her work as a voice actor. As the voice behind several audio books and short stories, she has recorded fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary Robinette lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Sometimes she even writes on them.

Recent Journal Entries

A new Lady Astronaut story! Want to see some of the research?

Over at Tor.com, there’s a new story set in the Lady Astronaut universe. “Articulated Restraint” is set between The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky. This story happened because I got to visit the Neutral Buoyancy Lab to do some research for The Fated Sky. I wrote about the Top Five Really Cool Things I Learned at […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette at LTUE this week

Mary Robinette will be at the LTUE 2019 Symposium in Provo, Utah, from Thursday, Feb 14 to Saturday Feb 16th. Register here. Here’s where to find Mary Robinette during the symposium: Thursday, Feb 14 The Sagging Middle of Novels 3:00-3:45pm Zion (Marriott) You know the beginning and the end, but how do you get from […]

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I am 50 today! Have a Lady Astronaut story as a party favor!

Hurrah! I became a Level 50 Human today. I have soooooo been looking forward to hitting level 50. Why? Because as a woman, it’s already hard to be taken seriously. As a young woman… ugh. The sheer number of variations of “don’t worry your pretty little head” are super-annoying. But older women? They have this […]

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My Favorite Bit: Micah Dean Hicks talks about BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES

Micah Dean Hicks is joining us today to talk about his novel Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones. Here’s the publisher’s description: Swine Hill was full of the dead. Their ghosts were thickest near the abandoned downtown, where so many of the town’s hopes had died generation by generation. They lingered in the places that mattered to […]

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My Favorite Bit: Charlie N. Holmberg talks about SMOKE AND SUMMONS

Charlie N. Holmberg is joining us today to talk about her new book Smoke and Summons. Here’s the publisher’s description: As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. […]

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