But then I actually listened to the episode.
Mary made it twenty hundred times better than it was on paper. Dude. So awesome. So... bleak.
(Fair warning... it's not a coincidence that this episode aired on September 11th.)
So, anyway, I was both stunned and elated (and a little surprised to find out I'm a research librarian, since I'm... not) while listening and THEN Mary Robinette Kowal herself wrote me this amazing email to say that she was a bit teary while reading my story which is amazing, oh, did I just tap-dance? Because dude. I moved the Campbell Tiara Holder to tears. (Checks list of life goals: ah, yes, number 348, right there. *check* After John Scalzi passed on the tiara, I thought my chances were like, nil, and even then, my big plan was to step on his toe.) I know it's totally shocking to you all to find out that Mary is a class act... But I just can't lie about these things.
Also, the_flea_king bought "Reparations" from me back in 2004. I wrote it after reading eyewitness accounts of Hiroshima, which I was putting on reserve at the library. I stayed behind at work after the office closed and wrote the story in one fell swoop. I'm pretty sure it made me late for dinner, and I was in a bit of a fugue state after.