Mary Robinette Kowal and I Talk About Books and Science Fiction and Stuff

It’s over at There’s an hour-long video and also a transcript, which is probably quicker to get through and has fewer ums and aaahs in it. Because we talked for an hour, we cover lots of ground, relating to our respective new books and the current state of the genre. Go on, you know you want to click through.

10 Comments on “Mary Robinette Kowal and I Talk About Books and Science Fiction and Stuff”

  1. “It’s over at” Wow, how about a trigger warning? First image to mind was the DHS pulling up in unmarked vans with tear gas and rubber bullets. Shows where my mind is.

  2. Hank Roberts – California – I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you --Nobody --Too? Then there's a pair of us? Don't tell! they'd advertise --you know! How dreary --to be --Somebody! How public --like a Frog -- To tell one's name --the livelong June -- To an admiring B[l]og! [Parody, with apology to] -- Emily Dickinson____ ____ Avatar stolen from illustration by James Donnelly of THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY by Carlo M. Cipolla, or or 'oogle it. _________________________ DISAMBIGUATION: not Hank Roberts the Internet Guy/Vlogger; not the cellist [hankrobertsmusic]; not the camping stove maker; not the angler; not British []; not a corporate nor a union officer; not from Chicago; not at Southern Pacific; not the award-winning educator at peacemakersinc. You see the pattern. => If you may know me, ask; likely I owe you a long-borrowed book, an apology, thanks, and applause.
    Hank Roberts

    Thank you thank you thank you for providing the transcript, reading is so much quicker and easier than video-watching. Yeah, I’m a dinosaur.

  3. Two of my favorite authors chatting! Thank you for a delightful discussion, and also for the transcript – like Hank above, I am a dinosaur.

  4. Nice talk. Nice courteous transcript.
    Like Jim and Hank, I read the transcript—because I’m a “good old American capitalist” and we like our “executive efficiency,” along with our executive stride and firm executive handshake. Listening to audio is for consumers along the roads; you know, the people we fly over.

  5. That was a fun read. I’m in the process of rereading the Lady Astronaut series; I’m five chapters into The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon ready to go.

  6. As to reading being what “dinosaurs” would prefer, I’m not so sure, folks. After all, the oral approach to human interaction probably goes far further back in time than the written one. Just saying…

  7. Really enjoyed this. I watched part of it while eating dinner, then read the rest. Really engaging and delightful.

    @Larsaf: Heh, a good point and a fun paradox! Writing is a fantastic technology, and seems to have been invented independently 3-4 times in vastly different parts of the ancient human world, but there isn’t any evidence of it from before about 7,000 years ago. It’s an optional cool extra thing. Spoken/signed language, hard to say, but I’ve heard estimates of 100,000 years old or more. Our brains seem to come prepared to latch onto it in infancy/early childhood, suggesting considerable evolutionary pressure.

  8. Thank you so much for the transcript. The first level of every podcaster’s Patreon should be transcripts of all videos. I’d pay for that.

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