In part two of our two-part interview, Brent and Kristi talk with Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal about her efforts to facilitate conversation about fandom with a Hugo supporting membership drive, her new gig on Sesame Street, and her final book, OF NOBLE FAMILY, in the Glamourist Histories (interview begins at about 28:20):
The final book of the acclaimed Glamourist Histories is the magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen walked on the grimmer side of the Regency
Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decide to go.
The sea voyage is long and Jane spends enough time unable to perform glamour that towards the end of the trip she discovers that she is with child. They are overjoyed, but when they finally arrive at the estate to complete what they expect to be routine legal tasks, they realize that nearly everything they came expecting to find had been a lie. Also, the entire estate is in disarray, with horrifying conditions and tensions with the local slave population so high that they are close to revolt.
Jane and Vincent’s sense of peril is screaming out for them to flee, but Vincent cannot stand to leave an estate connected with his family in such a condition. They have survived many grand and terrifying adventures in their time, but this one will test their skills and wits more than any they have ever encountered before, this time with a new life hanging in the balance.
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In our Mary Robinette Kowal (part 2) interview
- John Scalzi’s 13-book, $3.4 million deal with Tor, particularly thoughts by those who believed he would have made more by self publishing.
- Books we’re reading, including a little disagreement about The Night Circus.
- Our upcoming interview with Karin and Patrick Weekes, senior editor and writer for Bioware, respectively.
- Finally, we didn’t discuss it this go-round, but Mary is leading fund-raising efforts to help friends and members of fandom Nora and Bob who are recovering from a horrific car accident. (Our Timothy C. Ward was relatively fortunate after a harrowing accident with a tractor trailer. Send him your thoughts as he and his wife recover and deal with the aftermath.)
During the interview, Brent and Kristi chat with Mary about:
- Diversity in speculative fiction, her views on “Puppygate” and how you always can help via Con or Bust (Mary conducted her own membership drive to start a conversation about SFF fandom and the Hugo Awards — listen to Part 1).
- Saying goodbye in a grimdark way to her Glamourist Histories with the final installment, OF NOBLE FAMILY.
- Flying pizza and the logistics of Oscar the Grouch with her new gig on Sesame Street (as an added bonus, we’ll leave with one of our favorite Sesame Street media tie-ins).