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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.


Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children's Fiction
New and upcoming books
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)
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)
   Ghost Talkers (2016)
   The Original (2020) (with Brandon Sanderson)
   The Spare Man (2022)
   Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (2009)
   Shadows Beneath (2014) (with others)
   Word Puppets (2015)
Novellas and Short Stories
   First Flight (2010)
   For Want of a Nail (2011)
   The Escapement of Blackledge (2016)
   Forest of Memory (2016)
Anthologies edited
Series contributed to
   Cascadia (2010) (with others)
   Green Space (2013) (with others)
Picture Books show
Mary Robinette Kowal recommends
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."
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."
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."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Mary Robinette Kowal
Life Beyond Us (2023)
An Original Anthology of SF Stories and Science Essays
edited by
Susan Forest, Lucas K Law and Julie Novakova
Sense of Wonder (2023)
A Century of Science Fiction
edited by
Leigh Ronald Grossman
The Long List Anthology Volume 8 (2022)
(Long List Anthology, book 8)
edited by
David Steffen

More anthologies 

Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2011) : Shades of Milk and Honey
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : Glamour in Glass
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2017) : Ghost Talkers
Hugo Best Book winner (2019) : The Calculating Stars
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2019) : The Calculating Stars

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