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This just in.  John Scalzi has called our attention to the truly spooky resemblance between what experts believe is an accurate likeness of the noted English author of romantic fiction, Jane Austen (1775-1817), and the noted American author of historical fantasy, Mary Robinette Kowal (1969- ).  The life-sized wax model of Jane Austen was unveiled on July 9, 2014 at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, and represents the culmination of forensic research and eye-witness accounts, and a costume designer.  Jane Austen shuffled off this mortal coil on 18 July, 1817.   Mary Robinette Kowal is still extant and writing novels.  (Cue Twilight Zone Theme.)

Mary Robinette Kowal; photograph © 2014 by John Scalzi

Mary Robinette Kowal; photograph © 2014 by John Scalzi

Jane Austen likeness; Photo Credit: ITV West Country/Katie Rowlett

Jane Austen likeness; Photo Credit: ITV West Country/Katie Rowlett

 

 

 

 

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