Sep 10, 2020 • 41M

Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal (Audio)

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At long last, I’ve completed the audio for the interview I conducted back in June with author Mary Robinette Kowal, in which she spoke about her latest novel, The Relentless Moon, her Lady Astronauts series, and how the design of space leads to inequalities between men and women. It was a really interesting conversation, one that shed some interesting insight into how space works, and how she approached her (excellent) novels.

This is an early attempt for me at podcasting — you’ll hear a baby crying in the background later in the interview. I announced yesterday that I was working on a podcast about Dune, but I’ve been in the habit of recording interviews for a couple of years now, and I’ve always felt that there’s something in the audio that doesn’t quite come across in the printed version. So, I’m going to use this as a bit of practice, and as a way for you to listen to this interview.

Transfer Orbit is what I’m calling this podcast series, and the media “studio” that I’m setting up to support it. I’ll likely rename this newsletter so that it’s all unified at some point. This particular podcast entry is something that I see as an occasional thing — when I get a good guest or interview, I’ll work on setting it up as both a print thing (for the regular subscriber list) and an audio thing (for the paying subscribers.)

I’m still learning a lot about this! Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and enjoy the interview.