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Mary Robinette Kowal



Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo nominee for her story “Evil Robot Monkey.” Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year's Best anthologies. She is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010), the fantasy novel that Jane Austen might have written.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, 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 also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

She is serving her second term as Secretary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Mary lives in Portland, OR with her husband Rob and eleven manual typewriters.

 

Awards: Locus (2019), Hugo (2019), Nebula (2018), Hugo (2014)  see all

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children's Fiction
 
New and upcoming books
Series
Glamourist Histories
   1. Shades of Milk and Honey (2010)
   2. Glamour in Glass (2012)
   3. Without a Summer (2013)
   4. Valour and Vanity (2014)
   5. Of Noble Family (2015)
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Lady Astronaut
   1. The Calculating Stars (2018)
   1.5. Articulated Restraint (2019)
   2. The Fated Sky (2018)
   2.5. The Lady Astronaut of Mars (2014)
   3. The Relentless Moon (2020)
   4. The Martian Contingency (2025)
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Novels
   Ghost Talkers (2016)
   The Original (2020) (with Brandon Sanderson)
   The Spare Man (2022)
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Collections
   Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (2009)
   Shadows Beneath (2014) (with others)
   Word Puppets (2015)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   First Flight (2010)
   For Want of a Nail (2011)
   The Escapement of Blackledge (2016)
   Forest of Memory (2016)
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Anthologies edited
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Series contributed to
METAtropolis
   Cascadia (2010) (with others)
   Green Space (2013) (with others)
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Picture Books show
 
Mary Robinette Kowal recommends
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When Among Crows (2024)
Veronica Roth
"When Among Crows feels real and tangible in a way that makes me recognize Chicago. It is also fantastic in the old sense of the word, in that it feels like a curtain has been pulled away so that I step into a magical backstage. For something without any ordinary mortals, it is so grounded in emotion and intergenerational trauma. I loved it."
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Cinderwich (2024)
Cherie Priest
"Cinderwich is one of those atmospheric stories where the unease comes from inside as much as from an external threat. It's a ghost story, in the truest sense and I loved the questions it asked. It's a quiet story about grief and the ripple effects trauma leaves on the the people surrounding the trauma. It's a moody, atmospheric tale that delivers fear and hope."
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The Deep Sky (2023)
Yume Kitasei
"The Deep Sky is a beautiful tightly-wound mystery. It is both an intimate character portrait and a thriller. The space geek in me loves the way the voyage feels like a completely plausible extension of our current billionaire-fueled space race."

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Books containing stories by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Uncanny Magazine Issue 56 (2024)
January/February 2024
(Uncanny Magazine, book 56)
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Life Beyond Us (2023)
An Original Anthology of SF Stories and Science Essays
edited by
Susan Forest, Lucas K Law and Julie Novakova
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Sense of Wonder (2023)
A Century of Science Fiction
edited by
Leigh Ronald Grossman

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Awards
2019 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel : The Calculating Stars
2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel : The Calculating Stars
2018 Nebula Award for Best Novel : The Calculating Stars
2014 Hugo Award for Best Novelette : The Lady Astronaut of Mars
2011 Hugo Award for Best Short Story : For Want of a Nail

Award nominations
2023 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : The Spare Man
2023 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Spare Man
2023 Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : The Spare Man
2021 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : The Relentless Moon
2021 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Relentless Moon
2021 Dragon Award for Best Alternate History Novel (nominee) : The Relentless Moon
2019 Otherwise Award (nominee) : The Calculating Stars
2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award (nominee) : The Calculating Stars
2019 Dragon Award for Best Alternate History Novel (nominee) : The Calculating Stars
2018 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : The Worshipful Society of Glovers
2017 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (nominee) : Ghost Talkers
2013 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : The Lady Astronaut of Mars
2013 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Glamour in Glass
2012 Nebula Award for Best Novella (nominee) : Kiss Me Twice
2012 Nebula Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Glamour in Glass
2012 Locus Award for Best Novella (nominee) : Kiss Me Twice
2012 Hugo Award for Best Novella (nominee) : Kiss Me Twice
2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Shades of Milk and Honey
2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Shades of Milk and Honey
2009 Hugo Award for Best Short Story (nominee) : Evil Robot Monkey


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