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Mary Robinette Kowal (born February 8, 1969 as Mary Robinette Harrison[1]) is an American author and puppeteer.[2]

Mary Robinette Kowal
Mary Robinette Kowal at 2008 Nebula Awards.jpg
Born (1969-02-08) February 8, 1969 (age 50)
Raleigh, North Carolina
GenreScience fiction and fantasy
Notable works
Notable awards



Life and careerEdit

Mary Robinette Harrison was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and studied at East Carolina University. She graduated with a degree in Art Education with a minor in theater, and began work as a professional puppeteer in 1989. She has performed for the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Productions, and her own production company, Other Hand Productions.[3] She also worked in Iceland on the children's television show LazyTown for two seasons.[4] She was recently accepted as a participant in a Sesame Puppetry Workshop.[5]

Kowal served as art director for Shimmer Magazine and in 2010 was named art director for Weird Tales.[6] She served as secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for two years, and was elected to the position of SFWA vice-president in 2010.[7] In 2008, her second year of eligibility, she won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[8]

Kowal's work as an author includes "For Solo Cello, op. 12,"[9] (originally published in Cosmos Magazine and reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition,[10]) which made the preliminary ballot for the 2007 Nebula Awards.[11] Her fiction has also appeared in Talebones Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Apex Digest, among other venues.[12] Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel.[13] Two of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story: "Evil Robot Monkey" in 2009[14] and "For Want of a Nail," which won the award in 2011.[15] Her novelette, The Lady Astronaut of Mars was ineligible for the 2013 Hugo Awards because it had only been released as part of an audiobook, but was later published in text format[16] and went on to win the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[17] The Calculating Stars, the first novel in her Lady Astronaut of Mars series, was nominated for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel[18] and won the 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novel.[19]

In 2009, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[20]

After appearing several times as a guest star in the podcast, Writing Excuses, she became a full-time cast member at the start of their sixth season in 2011.[21]

Kowal is also a voice actor, having recorded audiobook versions of books written by authors such as John Scalzi, Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and Kage Baker.[22]

Kowal has served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 2019.[23]


Glamourist Histories seriesEdit

  • Shades of Milk and Honey, Tor Books, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7653-2556-3
  • Glamour in Glass, Tor Books, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7653-2557-0
  • Without a Summer, Tor Books, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7653-3415-2
  • Valour and Vanity, Tor Books, 2014, ISBN 9780765334169
  • Of Noble Family, Tor Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-7653-7836-1

Lady Astronaut of Mars seriesEdit

Standalone NovelsEdit


  • Kiss Me Twice, Asimov's Science Fiction, 2011 (nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novella)
  • Forest of Memory, /, 2014



Short storiesEdit


  1. ^ Biography for Mary Robinette Kowal on IMDb
  2. ^ Mary Robinette Kowal Website
  3. ^ Mary Robinette Kowal (Web Lackey, Actor, Writer) (archive), Willamette Radio Workshop
  4. ^ Mary Robinette Kowal FAQs
  5. ^ Kowal, Mary Robinette. "My audition for the Sesame Street puppetry workshop. Video and results." Journal January 3, 2014; accessed January 5, 2014
  6. ^ VanderMeer promoted to editor in chief,, 2010-01-25.
  7. ^ An Interview With Mary Robinette Kowal
  8. ^ The Hugo Awards
  9. ^
  10. ^ Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, Rich Horton, Editor. ISBN 978-0809572502
  11. ^ Nebula Awards preliminary ballot released 2008-01-11
  12. ^ Mary Robinette Kowal Bibliography
  13. ^ "SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees". SFWA. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  14. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2009 Hugo Awards". 2009-08-09. Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  15. ^ Locus Publications. "Locus Online News » 2011 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners". Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  16. ^ "The Lady Astronaut of Mars". September 11, 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  17. ^ "2014 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards. August 17, 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  18. ^ Cheryl (2019-04-02). "2019 Hugo Award & 1944 Retro Hugo Award Finalists". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  19. ^ copyrighted, The material on this website is; SFWA®, may not be used without the author's consent; Fiction, Nebula Awards® are registered trademarks of Science; America, Fantasy Writers of; SFWA, Inc Opinions expressed on this web site are not necessarily those of. "2018". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  20. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection. Northern Illinois University. on
  21. ^ "6.1: Can Creativity be Taught?". Writing Excuses. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  22. ^
  23. ^ "2019 Officer Election Results". SFWA. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  24. ^ a b "Mary Robinette Kowal will Return to Space with Two New Lady Astronaut Novels!". 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2018-11-21.

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