C2E2: Mary Robinette Kowal on Her “Lady Astronaut” Series, “LazyTown” and More

Mary Robinette Kowal Mary Robinette Kowal. Portland, Oregon, February 2012. © 2012 Rod Searcey.

Welcome back to More of a Comment, Really…, a weekly interview show hosted by Clint Worthington! Every episode will feature interviews with actors, filmmakers, producers, and more, giving you the skinny on the latest films and TV.

This week, we’re doing something a little bit different – we’re diving into the wide world of the written word, thanks to my recent trip to this year’s Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo! In addition to our other coverage, I was given the splendid opportunity to speak to Hugo-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal, author of the Lady Astronaut novels (the second of which, The Calculating Stars, was just nominated for a Hugo). The tale of an alternate history in which an asteroid hits the Eastern Seaboard and women have taken charge of the space program, the Lady Astronaut series is a refreshingly feminist take on the space race of the 1960s.

In addition to her work as an acclaimed science-fiction author, Kowal has spent decades as a professional audiobook narrator and puppeteer, putting the latter skills to use on the cult puppet show LazyTown. I met up with Kowal at C2E2 to have a brief but insightful chat about her books, the importance of addressing the erasure of women’s contributions to the space program, and her experiences on LazyTown. Take a listen!

(You can find Mary Robinette’s official website here, as well as her Patreon here. Buy The Fated Sky and The Calculating Stars here.)

(More of a Comment, Really… is a proud member of the Chicago Podcast Coop. Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode!)

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