Mary Robinette Kowal

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

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Website
www.maryrobinettekowal.com

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

Life and career[edit]

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, was elected to the position of SFWA Vice President in 2010, and was elected SFWA President in 2019.[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, won the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel[18] and the 2019 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]

In July 2018, after criticism [23] that many authors who were Hugo award finalists at the August 2018 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) had not been selected to participate on that year's Worldcon panels, Kowal took over as Programming chair and rapidly "repaired and replaced" many Programming sessions, working with a large and diverse team to do so. [24]

Kowal has served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 2019.[25]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Publications[edit]

Glamourist Histories series[edit]

  • 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 series[edit]

Standalone Novels[edit]

Novellas[edit]

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

Novelettes[edit]

Collections[edit]

Short stories[edit]

References[edit]

  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, CapClave.org, 2010-01-25.
  7. ^ An Interview With Mary Robinette Kowal patrickrothfuss.com
  8. ^ The Hugo Awards
  9. ^ For Solo Cello, op. 12 by Mary Robinette Kowal
  10. ^ Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, Rich Horton, Editor. ISBN 978-0809572502
  11. ^ Nebula Awards preliminary ballot released sfscope.com 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". Locusmag.com. 2009-08-09. Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2013-12-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ Locus Publications. "Locus Online News » 2011 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners". Locusmag.com. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  16. ^ "The Lady Astronaut of Mars". Tor.com. 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. ^ "Nebula Awards 2019". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  20. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection. Northern Illinois University. on archon.lib.niu.edu
  21. ^ "6.1: Can Creativity be Taught?". Writing Excuses. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  22. ^ Audio Fiction - Mary Robinette Kowal
  23. ^ "HOW WORLDCON FAILED MARGINALIZED SF CREATORS WITH PROGRAMMING AND COMMUNICATION". Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  24. ^ "MRK's WorldCon 2018 Programming update". 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  25. ^ "2019 Officer Election Results". SFWA. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  26. ^ "Campbell Award". The Hugo Awards. 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  27. ^ "2009 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  28. ^ admin (2010-04-20). "2010 Locus Awards Finalists". Locus Online. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  29. ^ "2010 Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  30. ^ admin (2011-06-26). "Locus Awards 2011 Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  31. ^ "2011 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  32. ^ "2011 Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  33. ^ "2012 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  34. ^ admin (2012-06-16). "2012 Locus Awards Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  35. ^ "2012 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  36. ^ "2013 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  37. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  38. ^ "2012 Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  39. ^ "Announcing the 2013 Locus Award Winners!". Tor.com. 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  40. ^ "Announcing the 2013 Locus Award Winners!". Tor.com. 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  41. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  42. ^ admin (2015-06-30). "2015 Seiun Awards Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  43. ^ "The Mythopoeic Society - Mythopoeic Awards 2017". www.mythsoc.org. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  44. ^ a b locusmag (2018-06-23). "2018 Locus Awards Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  45. ^ "2018 Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  46. ^ Cheryl (2019-04-02). "2019 Hugo Award & 1944 Retro Hugo Award Finalists". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  47. ^ locusmag (2019-06-29). "2019 Locus Awards Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  48. ^ "Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction News and Events". Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  49. ^ a b "Mary Robinette Kowal will Return to Space with Two New Lady Astronaut Novels!". Tor.com. 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2018-11-21.

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