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

My Favorite Bit: T.D. Walker talks about SMALL WAITING OBJECTS

T.D. Walker is joining us today to talk about Small Waiting Objects, her collection of science fiction poems. Here’s the publisher’s description: In the near future, kitchen appliances question, console, and bewilder their owners. Extraterrestrials leave behind sub-dermal implants and complicated daughters. A second moon settles into orbit around Earth, a moon which challenges those […]

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My Favorite Bit: Maurice Broaddus talks about PIMP MY AIRSHIP

Maurice Broaddus is joining us today to talk about his novel Pimp My Airship. Here’s the publisher’s description: Warning: Don’t Believe the Hype! All the poet called Sleepy wants to do is spit his verses, smoke chiba, and stay off the COP’s radar—all of which becomes impossible once he encounters a professional protestor known as (120 […]

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The Calculating Stars won the Nebula Award!

Last night, The Calculating Stars won the Nebula Award. We can send signals to Mars and back faster than I can process this. Let’s just pause to gaze at it for a minute, all right?   It’s pretty, right? Each Nebula award contains a unique selection of stones, representing planets. I love that this one […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette at the Nebula Conference

Mary Robinette will be attending the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Conference from May 16-19, in Los Angeles, California. The Calculating Stars is also a finalist for a Nebula award for Best Novel. Here’s where you can find her there! Thursday, May 16 It’s a Dog, Not a Robot: Service Dogs In […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette in May

Happy May! We are settling into our new apartment in Nashville, and Elsie has approved of the windowsill arrangement. Here’s where you can find me in May!   May 11 Online Class – The Fashion of Worldbuilding: Clothes, Technology, and Taboos (registration required)   May 16-19 2019 SFWA Nebulas Conference and Awards – Woodland Hills, […]

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