About Mary


Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut duology and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She’s a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies and her collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories.

Her novel Calculating Stars is one of only eighteen novels to win the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards in a single year.

As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), Mary Robinette 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. She records fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary Robinette lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

Recent Journal Entries

My Favorite Bit: Keren Landsman talks about THE HEART OF THE CIRCLE

Keren Landsman is joining us today to talk about her novel The Heart of the Circle. Here is the publisher’s description: Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love, in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award-winning Israeli author Keren Landsman. Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolized […]

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My Favorite Bit: Reese Hogan talks about SHROUDED LOYALTIES

Reese Hogan is joining us today to talk about her novel Shrouded Loyalties. Here’s the publisher’s description: A soldier returns home with a dangerous secret from an alternate realm, unaware that she is surrounded by spies and collaborators, in this intense military science fiction novel. Naval officer Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country’s […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette at Dublin WorldCon

  Mary Robinette will be at Dublin WorldCon and the Hugo Awards from Aug 15 to 18, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. The Calculating Stars has also been nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel. Get memberships here.   Here’s where to find Mary Robinette at the con: Thursday, August 15 Dragons and Debutantes: Fantasy […]

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My Favorite Bit: Susan Forest talks about BURSTS OF FIRE

Susan Forest is joining us today to talk about her novel Bursts of Fire. Here’s the publisher’s description: Bursts of Fire begins an epic political fantasy of revenge, addictions, and redemption. In an empire where magic has become suspect, love and loyalty–for one’s lover, one’s family, one’s country–are tested. If Heaven desires the very earth be […]

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