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Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe — The SF Universe of Mary Robinette Kowal’s “The Calculating Stars” (audio)
with Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham
In which Mary Robinette talks about the science behind the meteor strike in The Calculating Stars, the human reaction to conflict versus disaster, and exploring Mars. Plus, a brief teaser of The Relentless Moon, book three in the Lady Astronaut series!
with Duarte Geraldino
In which Mary Robinette and Cady Coleman, a retired NASA astronaut, discuss the impact of gender on NASA’s astronaut selection program, why representation is important, and what the space program of the future might look like.
by Kelly Lagor for Locus
In which Mary Robinette and several other authors talk about writing hard science fiction, how to figure out what you need to research, and not letting research distract you from getting words down on the page.
Brandon Sanderson’s BYU 2020 Creative Writing Lectures on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy — Lecture #7: Short Stories with Special Guest Instructor Mary Robinette Kowal (video)
In which Mary Robinette teaches a class on how to write and structure short stories. Writing is fractal: once you understand the principles that make something work at one length, you can apply it to other lengths. She discusses the elements of the MICE quotient, weaving plot threads together, how to maintain tension through the muddy middle, and satisfying endings. Also, everyone writes a story in class! Yes, really!
with Graihagh Jackson
The familiar and the strange, using food to immerse a reader in the world, MRK reads a scene from The Fated Sky and discusses it, the liminal space between an author and a reader
by Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor
In which Mary Robinette and several other science fiction authors discuss how present technology shapes future society, walking the line between disaster and hope, and what the world might look like in the year 2050.
with Edward Willett
In which Mary Robinette discusses her lifelong connection to science fiction, how puppetry informs her storytelling, the mechanics of turning an idea into a story, and the creative process behind her punch card punk universe and its multiple award-winning first novel The Calculating Stars.
with Jessica Bennett, New York Times
Women in space, spacesuits, First Lady Astronaut Trainees
with Charlotte Bond, Lucy Hounsom, and Megan Leigh
In which Mary Robinette talks about writing alternate histories, how divergent points shift society, using real historical figures in fiction, and why genre stories can create space for thinking about social issues.
by Jonathan Thornton, The Fantasy Hive
In which Mary Robinette talks about the genesis of The Lady Astronaut of Mars, space science geekery, and using a historical frame to talk about contemporary issues.
with Tony and Kend
In which Mary Robinette discusses how representation in narrative impacts our understanding of the world, why she writes alternate histories, and why writing inclusive fiction is really about realism.
Up All Night on BBC (audio, timestamp 24:49-32:42)
Apollo created for men by men, NASA’s current attempts to rectify, in-depth on spacesuit sizes
Belle Dieppa Betancourt
The Lady Astronaut series, the process of writing the book, sexism then and now, the importance of science fiction,
Mary Robinette Kowal for New York Times
How NASA has been designed for men, challenges women astronauts have had, what we can learn as we go forward with Artemis and Commercial Space Program
How to recycle in space, ISS junk drawer, difference between policy and how people actually live.
with Len Webb
In which Mary Robinette talks about The Lady Astronaut novels and creating the character of Elma York. Also, she also gets her official Tribble title!
More of a Comment, Really… — C2E2: Mary Robinette Kowal on Her “Lady Astronaut” Series, “LazyTown” and More (audio)
with Clint Worthington
In which Mary Robinette talks about correcting historical erasure, writing female characters, and some of her puppetry experiences.
The Practical Creative Podcast — Playing in different worlds with puppeteer and sci-fi author Mary Robinette Kowal (audio)
with Jeremiah Krage
In which Mary Robinette discusses how she gets creatively unstuck, tools for getting traction on a project, managing mental health as a creative, and trusting your own taste as a reader.
Mary Robinette Kowal for The Washington Post
Restaffed spacewalk because of suit fit issues, history of women astronauts at NASA, things we need to change
with Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
In which Mary Robinette talks about using math as a magic system, learning to be aware of personal and structural biases, the stigma around mental illness, recording audio books, and whether or not she would go to space.
Talks at Google, moderated by Jason Gessner
In which Mary Robinette reads an excerpt from The Fated Sky and then discusses the research that went into writing the Lady Astronaut novels, the evolution of her punchcard punk universe, how she decides what to write, and what she’s learned from dealing with third graders.
with Ana Marie Cox on Syfy.com
The Lady Astronaut series, current politics, apocalyptic fiction, doing better for and in the world
The Secret Library Podcast (audio)
with Caroline Donahue
MRK’s multiple careers, The Lady Astronaut series, alternate history, “We Interrupt this Broadcast”, women in the space race, scifi as thought experiments, not being ashamed of reading scifi, using experts to help your writing, fixing “write what you know”
with Meghan Bartels
The Lady Astronaut novels, punchcard punk, international collaboration, writing toward a hopeful future, mental health, writing in history.
with Karen B. McCoy
The Lady Astronaut novels, having a true vision, Hidden Figures, current projects.
Writers, After Dark Podcast (audio)
with Summer Brooks
The Lady Astronaut novels, meteorites, women in history, Mercury 13, best stuff Mary Robinette learned while writing
Write-Minded podcast – Changing the World by Writing Alternate Histories (and Prepping for NaNoWriMo) (audio)
with Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner
How Mary Robinette choses what historical period to write in, how to be fearless, make an outline work for you, writing in different mediums, favorite puppet personas (with voices), what a rocket launch is like.
with Jenny Noga Davinroy
Research Mary Robinette loved, writing Mad Libs style, writing and puppetry, The Lady Astronaut novels
by David M. Perry, Pacific Standard
In which Mary Robinette discusses The Calculating Stars, writing characters that struggle with mental illness, and optimistic science fiction.
Girl Tries Life Podcast #80: Storytelling, Structured Procrastination and Legacy with Mary Robinette Kowal (audio)
with Victoria Smith
In which Mary Robinette talks about structured procrastination, her first role on Sesame Street, balancing mental health with solitary creative pursuits, behind the scenes at Writing Excuses, and the legacy she hopes to leave.
with Andrew Liptak
Announcing two new Lady Astronaut novels, The Relentless Moon, The Derivative Base, writing in history, “The Phobos Experience” short story
with Swapa Krishna
Lady Astronaut novels, Parker Solar Probe launch, NASA, using experts
Lady Astronaut novels, lots of writing advice, narrating for audiobooks,
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
In which Mary Robinette has a conversation with John Scalzi about the Lady Astronaut novels and reads an excerpt from The Fated Sky. Then, John Scalzi reads his short story “Regarding Your Application Status.”
with Tracy V. Wilson
Mary Robinette’s research process, narrating historical books, changes in the timeline, Rise of the Rocket Girls, Mercury 13, Jackie Cochran, Mildred Hemmons Carter, Miltown and anxiety drugs
with Veronica Scott
Influences for Lady Astronaut novels, pets, Elma and Nathaniel interview each other
with Stephen M
The Phobos Experience
Den of Geek Book Club – audio
with Kayti Burt
Building the Lady Astronaut novels out of a novelette, axes of power, Lady Astronaut reading order, importance of Southern woman as mathematician, Doctor Who cameos
Writing Excuses Project in Depth – audio
with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Kjell Lindgren
Writing The Calculating Stars, astronaut as beta reader
The Calculating Stars, By Fire Above, anxiety, writing relationships and sex, researching little details
The Functional Nerd Podcast #371 – audio
with Patrick Hester and John Anealio
Blurbs, The Lady Astronaut novels, the beginning of the space program, astronaut ad-libs, publishing a duology
by Megan Leigh
The Lady Astronaut novels, women-centered fiction, writing Science Fiction vs Fantasy
with Alasdair Stuart
The Lady Astronaut novels, their original structure, writing historically, writing Dr. Elma York
The Author Stories Podcast (audio)
with Hank Garner
In-depth: how Mary Robinette started writing, puppetry + writing, short stories vs novels, The Glamourist Histories, The Lady Astronaut novels, what Mary Robinette wants you to take away from them
Uncanny Magazine Podcast (audio, starts 34:24)
with Lynne M. Thomas
“Nails In My Feet”, research, historical scifi vs historical fantasy, The Lady Astronaut universe
by Mary Robinette Kowal
The ideas behind The Calculating Stars
Ink Feather Podcast (audio)
with Lauren Zurchin
Being a professional freelancer, structured procrastination, audiobook recording, The Calculating Stars, book recommendations
by Mary Robinette Kowal
NASA, Neutral Buoyancy Lab, Astronauts, general squeeing over amazing SCIENCE
Rocket Fuel: Cooking the Books (audio included)
with Fran Wilde and Aliette de Bodard
The Lady Astronaut novels, rocket innuendo, food as narrative, recipes for pound cake and chess pie, the food at NASA and in space
by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Lady Astronaut novels, Hidden Figures, narratives and gender
with Vanessa Rose Phin
The Lady Astronaut novels, space, representation, SFF community
Q on CBC Radio (audio)
produced by Elaine Chau
A Wrinkle in Time
by Brenda Noiseux
In which Mary Robinette briefly talks about the Boskone convention, her multiple careers, an excellent witch costume, and her superhero dream team.
with Cady Coleman
Puppets, the Lady Astronaut books, finding the stories that have been erased, reclaiming history
with Cindy Grigg
Manners as technology/social engineering, the Lady Astronaut books, worldbuilding, diversity, story creation, a tour of Mary Robinette’s typewriters and the story of the Qwerty keyboard
with Petra Mayer
Ursula K. Le Guin’s influence
with Colin Dwyer
Memories of Ursula K. Le Guin
with Stephen M
A Feather in Her Cap
In which Mary Robinette talks about Ghost Talkers, tragic stories from World War I, and Doctor Who cameos.
In which Mary Robinette talks about her severe puppet injury and makes the crowd collectively cringe multiple times.
with Jamie Green and Shiri Sondheimer
Ghost Talkers, Shades of Milk and Honey, Puppeteering, Regency Era
with Julia Rios
by Kelly Prosen, Rewire
In which Mary Robinette discusses how a puppeteer injury led to a career in writing, gender bias in SFF publishing, and getting through writer’s block.
The Pixel Project
In which Mary Robinette reads an excerpt from Ghost Talkers, and then talks about reading out loud effectively, managing reader expectations when writing about specific historical periods, what the “strong” in “strong female character” actually means, recognizing and dealing with structural and internalized gender bias, and why she writes healthy committed relationships.
excerpt from Locus Magazine
Ghost Talkers, WWI, women in history, the Lady Astronaut novels, audiobook narration styles
In which Mary Robinette shows off her Chicago apartment in the Ukrainian village, her typewriter collection, and some of her puppets.
with Joel Cornah
Finding a gateway into reading SFF, puppetry and writing, writing process, short stories, The Glamourist Histories, diversity, the cycle of bookselling
with Blake Hausladen
In which Mary Robinette discusses the conception of Ghost Talkers, the different roles women had during World War I, and some of her favorite ciphers.
by Christina Kloess, Chicago Review of Books
In which Mary Robinette talks about the spiritualism surge in World War I, developing Ginger’s character, and the tension between what the reader knows and what the characters know.
with Adron Buske
In which Mary Robinette talks about Ghost Talkers, researching women’s roles in World War I, the British spiritualism movement, and one of the most beautiful pieces of paper she has ever handled.
with Shawn Speakman
Ghost Talkers, writing within known history, narrating her own books
with Rachel Swirsky
Short stories, puppeteering, sewing, Jane Austen, Ghost Talkers as an animal
by Filip Wiltgren
In which Mary Robinette talks about systematically improving writing techniques, trusting her own reader responses, and advice for writers.
In which Mary Robinette, Patrick Rothfuss, Hank Green, Paul Sabourin, Joseph Fink, and Maureen Johnson play the Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
by Michi Trota, Uncanny Magazine
In which Mary Robinette talks about the different story structures of her Glamourist Histories series, how improv relates to writing, and her favorite pie.
Uncanny Magazine Podcast #5A (audio, starting at 58:10)
interviewed by Deborah Stanish
In which Mary Robinette discusses her story “The Midnight Hour,” subverting fairy tales, writing characters with mental illness without losing sight of their humanity, the intersection of puppetry and writing, and paying it forward to create a richer community.
with Brent Bowen and Kristi
In which Mary Robinette talks about ending the Glamourist Histories series with Of Noble Family, drawing inspiration from Mansfield Park and making the context accessible to modern readers, and her new gig on Sesame Street.
with Brent Bowen and Kristi
In which Mary Robinette talks about going on a Steampunk cruise, getting involved in the Hugo Awards controversy, and diversity in speculative fiction.
Negotiating Social Media for Writers: A Conversation With Jim C. Hines, Mary Robinette Kowal & Kameron Hurley
by Erin Bellavia (Billiard), Toasted Cheese
In which Mary Robinette talks about which social media platform she uses most, how her relationship to social media has changed since being published, self-promotion, and dealing with trolls.
by Mary Robinette Kowal and Joel Cunningham, B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy blog
In which Mary Robinette talks about Of Noble Family, why she’s closing out the Glamourist Histories series, and why she’ll miss writing about Jane and Vincent.
with David Barr Kirtley
Valour and Vanity, The Glamorist Histories, Lord Byron, impersonating famous people
In which Mary Robinette talks about turning things that go wrong into positives and why anti-harassment policies are important.
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Episode 109: Doctor Who Is Even Better When You Add One of History’s Greatest Sexaholics (article, audio)
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wired
In which Mary Robinette talks about Valour and Vanity, women in science fiction and fantasy, and things she learned at a Sesame Street puppetry workshop.
with Carrie S
In depth about The Glamourist Histories, Jane Austen and Regency, Doctor Who cameos, romance, procrastinating effectively, favorite authors
The Skiffy and Fanty Show Podcast, ep 146
Artificial Intelligence, Pre-Victorian examples of AI, Without a Summer
on Reddit r/fantasy
Puppeteering, writing tips, Writing Excuses, The Glamourist Histories, creativity, general silliness
with John Joseph Adams
by Lee, She Wolf Reads
In which Mary Robinette talks about the five books that have influenced her as a reader and a writer.
with Maggie Slater
Weaving Dreams, Mary Robinette’s many talents and interests, reading your own work
with Sandra Wickham
In which Mary Robinette talks about focusing on writing in a rainforest, why she uses a timer while writing, how she makes the most of a writing session, and which book she rereads.
with Patrick Rothfuss
Glamour in Glass, writing in historical eras, writing with an outline, random delightfulness
In which Mary Robinette discusses communication with a fan, her Glamourist Histories series, the cover design process, and how she picks the historical periods she writes in. She also reads an excerpt from Glamour in Glass!
by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
In which Mary Robinette talks about writing Jane Austen inspired fantasy, the writing process behind Glamour in Glass, why she wanted to serve as a SFWA officer, and writing in different genres.
with Morgan Doremus
In which Mary Robinette discusses the reception she has received for Shades of Milk and Honey, shadows puppets and how they play in her novels, and the second book in her Glamourist Histories series, Glamour in Glass.
with Catherine Bollinger
Novels vs Short Stories, Shades of Milk and Honey, writing
Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing 112 — Laura Resnick, Mary Robinette Kowal (audio, starts at 28:48)
In which Mary Robinette talks about Shades of Milk and Honey, building a magic system that would fit into a historical period, and what got her into writing.
with Jeff VanderMeer
Shades of Milk and Honey as a meal, a piece of music, and an animal
with Rick Kleffel
In which Mary Robinette discusses the research involved in writing Shades of Milk and Honey, writing in period voice and with period language, and designing a magic system that wouldn’t break history.
with Edward Champion
In which Mary Robinette talks about writing with Jane Austen’s language and style, writing tics, the historical divergence point in the Glamourist Histories, and using the principles of puppetry in her writing.
by John Scalzi, Whatever
In which Mary Robinette discusses why she wanted to write an intimate character story in the fantasy genre, working magic into a historical world, and how restrictions made for a stronger story.
with Jenny Williams
Shades of Milk and Honey, Lazytown, Puppeteering, SFWA, creativity
Puppeteering, Lazytown, art background, Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass
with Alethea Kontis
Random delightfulness, props and set design, books on Mary Robinette’s nightstand
with Charles Tan
Puppeteering and writing overlap, art major, Campbell award, narration
with JM McDermott
Puppeteering, video of Mary Robinette with a puppet
Short fiction market
Strange Horizons Podcast (audio)
with Susan Marie Groppi
Very in-depth on puppeteering, love for editing process, making the Coraline puppet and puppets in general, audiobooks