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 Astounding 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: Tim Pratt talks about THE FORBIDDEN STARS

Tim Pratt is joining us today to talk about his novel The Forbidden Stars, the conclusion of this Axiom trilogy. Here’s the publisher’s description: The ancient alien gods are waking up, and there’s only one spaceship crew ready to stop them, in this dazzling space opera sequel to The Wrong Stars and The Dreaming Stars. Aliens known as […]

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My Favorite Bit: Lisa Goldstein talks about IVORY APPLES

Lisa Goldstein is joining us today to talk about her novel Ivory Apples. Here’s the publisher’s description: Ivy and her sisters have a secret: their reclusive Great-Aunt is actually Adela Martin, inspired author of the fantasy classic, Ivory Apples. Generations of obsessive fans have searched for Adela, poring over her letters, sharing their theories online, and gathering at […]

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My Favorite Bit: E. L. Chen talks about SUMMERWOOD/WINTERWOOD

E. L. Chen is joining us today to talk about her novel Summerwood/Winterwood. Here’s the publisher’s description: Pray you never find your Summerwood, Grandfather had said. I’d found something worse. I’d found his. In Summerwood, twelve-year old Rosalind Hero Cheung can’t wait to spend the summer in Toronto with her teenaged sister Julie and their famous […]

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My Favorite Bit: Luanne G. Smith talks about THE VINE WITCH

Luanne G. Smith is joining us today with her novel The Vine Witch. Here’s the publisher’s description: A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy set in turn-of-the-century France. For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help […]

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My Favorite Bit: Ginn Hale talks about MASTER OF RESTLESS SHADOWS

Ginn Hale is joining us today to talk about her novel Master of Restless Shadows. Here’s the publisher’s description: Freshly graduated Master Physician Narsi Lif-Tahm has left his home in Anacleto and journeyed to the imposing royal capitol of Cieloalta intent upon keeping the youthful oath he made to a troubled writer. But in the […]

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