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: Derek Künsken talks about THE QUANTUM GARDEN

Derek Künsken is joining us to talk about his novel The Quantum Garden. Here’s the publisher’s description: THE ULTIMATE CHASE Days ago, Belisarius pulled off the most audacious con job in history. He’s rich, he’s back with the love of his life, and he has the Time Gates, the most valuable things in existence. Nothing could […]

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My Favorite Bit: Cynthia Hand talks about THE HOW AND THE WHY

Cynthia Hand is joining us today to talk about The How and the Why. Here’s the publisher’s description: Today Melly had us writing letters to our babies. I can’t imagine you as an actual baby, let alone an eighteen-year-old person reading this letter. I’m not even eighteen yet, myself. -S Cassandra McMurtrey has a family. One […]

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My Favorite Bit: Andi C. Buchanan talks about FROM A SHADOW GRAVE

Andi C. Buchanan is joining us to talk about their novel From a Shadow Grave. Here’s the publisher’s description: This is no ordinary ghost story Wellington, 1931. Seventeen-year-old Phyllis Symons’ body is discovered in the Mt Victoria tunnel construction site. Eighty years later, Aroha Brooke is determined to save her life. Urban legend meets urban […]

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My Favorite Bit: Wendy Nikel talks about THE CAUSALITY LOOP

Wendy Nikel is joining us today to talk about the final novella in this series, The Causality Loop. Here’s the publisher’s description: Dodge Greenley is tired of being the go-between for his time-traveling family. All he wants is for them all to be able to live together peacefully in one era—is that too much to ask? […]

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My Favorite Bit: Dawn Vogel talks about THE BOILING SEA

Dawn Vogel is joining us today to talk about The Boiling Sea, the final book in the Brass and Glass series. Here’s the publisher’s description: In the turbulent skies of the Republic, it’s not always easy to outrace the storm … With their destination determined, Captain Svetlana Tereshchenko and the crew of The Silent Monsoon are in […]

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