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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1969 in Raleigh, North Carolina


Illinois Connection

Kowal lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers, and the Lady Astronaut novels. She’s a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Uncanny, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary Robinette, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and Neal Stephenson. She now lives in Nashville.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 2008


-- "Shades of Milk and Honey"

-- *Finalist, Nebula Award for Best Novel, 2010

-- *Finalist, Locus Award for Best First Novel, 2011


-- "Glamour in Glass"

-- *Finalist, Nebula Award for Best Novel, 2012

-- *Finalist, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 2013


-- "Ghost Talkers"

-- *Finalist, 2017 Mythopoeic Award for Best Fantasy Novel


-- "The Calculating Stars"

-- *Nebula Award for Best Novel, 2018

-- *Locus Award for Best Novel, 2019

-- *Hugo Award for Best Novel, 2019

-- *Finalist, Campbell Memorial Award. 2019

-- *Finalist, Hugo Award for Best Series, 2021

-- *Locus Trade Paperback Bestseller List

-- *Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018―Science Fiction/Fantasy

-- *RUSA Reading List for Science Fiction―American Library Association, 2019

-- *Locus Recommended Reading List, 2018

-- *Buzzfeed―17 Science-Fiction Novels By Women That Are Out Of This World

-- *Locus Bestseller List

-- *Chicago Review of Books―Top 10 Science Fiction Books, 2018

-- *Goodreads―Most Popular Books Published in July 2018 (#66)

-- *The Verge―12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels for July 2018

-- *Unbound Worlds―Best SciFi and Fantasy Books of July 2018

-- *Den of Geek―Best Science Fiction Books of June 2018

-- *Publishers Weekly―Best SFF Books of 2018

-- *Omnivoracious―15 Highly Anticipated SFF Reads for Summer 2018

-- *Past Magazine―Best Novels of 2018

-- *Bookriot―Best Science Fiction Books of 2018

-- *The Library Thing―Top Five Books of 2018


-- "The Fated Stars"

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *The Verge―Best SFF Books for August 2018

-- *io9 ―Best SFF Books for August 2018

-- *Unbound Worlds ―Best SFF Books for August 2018

-- * ―Best SFF Books for August 2018

-- *Kirkus Online ―Best SFF Books for August 2018

-- *Nerdmuch ―Best SFF Books for August 2018


-- "The Relentless Moon"

-- *Finalist, Hugo Award for Best Novel, 2021

-- *Finalist, Hugo Award for Best Series 2021

-- *Locus Award Finalist, 2021