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.

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My Favorite Bit: Sean Grigsby talks about ASH KICKERS

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My Favorite Bit: Olivia Waite talks about THE LADY’S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS

Olivia Waite is joining us today to talk about her novel The Lady’s Guild to Celestial Mechanics. Here’s the publisher’s description: As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French […]

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My Favorite Bit: Reed King talks about FKA USA

Reed King is joining us today to talk about his book FKA USA. Here’s the publisher’s description: In Reed King’s wildly imaginative and possibly prescient debut, the United States has dissolved in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies of its final president. It is 2085, and Truckee Wallace, a factory worker in Crunchtown […]

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My Favorite Bit: Agnes Gomillion talks about THE RECORD KEEPER

Agnes Gomillion is joining us today to talk about her novel The Record Keeper. Here’s the publisher’s description: The Record Keeper is a visceral and thrilling near-future dystopia examining past and present race relations. After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the […]

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My Favorite Bit: Megan E. O’Keefe talks about VELOCITY WEAPON

Megan E. O’Keefe is joining us today to talk about her novel Velocity Weapon. Here’s the publisher’s description: Dazzling space battles, intergalactic politics, and rogue AI collide in Velocity Weapon, the first book in this epic space opera by award-winning author Megan O’Keefe. Sanda and Biran Greeve were siblings destined for greatness. A high-flying sergeant, Sanda has […]

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