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: Brandon McNulty talks about BAD PARTS

Brandon McNulty is joining us to talk about his debut novel Bad Parts. Here’s the publisher’s description: A TOWN DIVIDED. A DEMON MADE WHOLE. When rock guitarist Ash Hudson suffers a career-ending hand injury, she seeks out the only thing that can heal it—her hometown’s darkest secret. For decades the residents of Hollow Hills, Pennsylvania, have […]

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My Favorite Bit: William C. Tracy talks about FACETS OF THE NETHER

William C. Tracy is joining us with his novel Facets of the Nether. Here’s the publisher’s description: The Dissolution approaches. Sam has saved the Assembly of Species, but at a terrible cost. Locked in his apartment, his memories gone and his best friend abducted, he is once again crippled with anxiety. Meanwhile, Enos struggles to free […]

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My Favorite Bit: Nick Martell talks about The Kingdom of Liars

Nick Martell is joining us today with The Kingdom of Liars. Here’s the publisher’s description: In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth. Michael is branded a traitor as […]

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My Favorite Bit: E. Catherine Tobler talks about THE GRAND TOUR

E. Catherine Tobler is joining us to talk about her book The Grand Tour. Here’s the publisher’s description: Step right up! Come one, come all, to Jackson’s Unreal Circus and Mobile Marmalade. The steam train may look older than your great-grandmother’s’ china, but within her metal corridors are destinations you have only ever dreamed. They’re […]

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My Favorite Bit: Doug Engstrom talks about CORPORATE GUNSLINGER

Doug Engstrom is joining us today to talk about his novel Corporate Gunslinger. Here’s the publisher’s description: Doug Engstrom imagines a future all too terrifying—and all too possible—in this eerie, dystopic speculative fiction debut about corporate greed, debt slavery, and gun violence that is as intense and dark as Stephen King’s The Long Walk. Like many Americans […]

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