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Annalee Newitz on speaking at Arse Elektronika at Parisoma in 2009.
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Annalee Newitz with Charles Bolden at First Comes the Dream with AMNH and Gizmodo at The American Museum of Natural History on July 19, 2012.
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Annalee Newitz speaks onstage at Engadget Expand New York at Jacob Javits Convention Center on November 9, 2013.
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Annalee Newitz with Terrence O'Brien and Joichi Ito speak onstage at Engadget Expand New York at Jacob Javits Convention Center on November 9, 2013. Photo by Craig Barritt.
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Annalee Newitz at Harvard Book Store in 2014.
Annalee Newitz with Charlie Jane Anders at Barnes & Noble's interview at San Diego Comic-Con International 2017.
Annalee Newitz on political lessons with John Scalzi, Charlie Jane Anders, and Cory Doctorow at Bookcon in 2017.
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Annalee Newitz with Robin Sloan at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco on November 19, 2017.
4321 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604, United States
Irvine High School where Annalee Newitz studied.
University of California, Berkeley, California, United States
University of California, Berkeley, where Annalee Newitz received her Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Annalee Newitz in 2014.
Annalee Newitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ellen V. Futter.
Annalee Newitz with Cory Doctorow, Charlie Jane Anders, John Scalzi, and Patty Garcia at BookCon.
Lambda Literary Award which Annalee Newitz received.
Theodore Sturgeon Award which Annalee Newitz received.
Annalee Newitz with her partner Charlie Jane Anders in 2011.
(She’s Such a Geek is a groundbreaking anthology that cele...)
She’s Such a Geek is a groundbreaking anthology that celebrates women who have flourished in the male-dominated realms of technical and cultural arcana. Editors Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders bring together a diverse range of critical and personal essays about the meaning of female nerdhood by women who are in love with genomics, obsessed with blogging, learned about sex from Dungeons and Dragons, and aren't afraid to match wits with men or computers. More than anything, She's Such a Geek is a celebration and call to arms: it's a hopeful book which looks forward to a day when women will invent molecular motors, design the next ultra-tiny supercomputer, and run the government.
(In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the sli...)
In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the slimy zombies and gore-soaked murderers who have stormed through American film and literature over the past century embody the violent contradictions of capitalism. Ravaged by overwork, alienated by corporate conformity, and mutilated by the unfettered lust for profit, fictional monsters act out the problems with an economic system that seems designed to eat people whole. Newitz looks at representations of serial killers, mad doctors, the undead, cyborgs, and unfortunates mutated by their involvement with the mass media industry.
(In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been a...)
In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful mega volcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How? As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. The study of our planet’s turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human interference. It’s a frightening prospect.
(Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug...)
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.
(Old Media tells the story of a freed slave and a robot pr...)
Old Media tells the story of a freed slave and a robot professor, trying to figure out what it means to be in love while they watch old anime from the 21st century.
(1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seven...)
1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend's abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too. 2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes she's found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost.
Analee Newitz graduated from Irvine High School, and in 1987 moved to Berkeley, California. In 1998, she completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English and American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on images of monsters, psychopaths, and capitalism in twentieth-century American popular culture.
In 1996, Newitz started as a freelance writer. Around 1999, she co-founded the Post-World War II American Literature and Culture Database. From 1999 to 2008 she wrote a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation, and from 2000 to 2004 was the culture editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2004 she became a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. With Charlie Jane Anders, they also co-founded Other magazine.
In 2008 she founded blog io9. From 2008 to 2015 she was the editor-in-chief of Gawker-owned media venture io9, and subsequently its direct descendant Gizmodo, Gawker's design and technology blog. As of 2016, she is an editor at the technology site Ars Technica. Annalee's work focuses on the cultural impact of science and technology.
As a science journalist, she is a contributor to the New York Times opinion section and has written for New Scientist, Washington Post, Slate, Popular Science, Ars Technica, the New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. She is also the co-host of the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.
Her first novel, Autonomous, came out in September 2017. Her nonfiction has appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Newitz is the co-editor of the essay collection She’s Such A Geek, and author of Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture. Her newest book The Future of Another Timeline is published in 2019.
(In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the sli...)2006
(1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seven...)2019
(Old Media tells the story of a freed slave and a robot pr...)2019
(She’s Such a Geek is a groundbreaking anthology that cele...)2006
(Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug...)2017
(In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been a...)2013
Annalee Newitz has been really influenced by AI researchers like Joanna Bryson.
She loves giant monsters. She’s a fan of Pacific Rim for the fights, and a fan of The Host and Cloverfield for creature design. But the monster she identifies with the most is Ghidorah the three-headed space monster from the Toho kaiju universe.
"I wanted the people in the book to feel as realistic as possible, and I think part of realism is acknowledging that it’s very rare to meet someone who is one hundred percent good or evil."
"Nonfiction will always be my first love because I became a writer in order to tell the truth. But there are some truths you can only tell in fiction. Plus, I don’t have to worry that real-life people or companies will be harmed by this story. I can say as many inflammatory things as I want."
"Capitalism is, fundamentally, an economic system that promotes inequality."
"I am a big proponent of character arcs that show us how people change over time."
"When it comes to the population explosion, there are two questions on the table. One, is our population growth going to kill us all? And two, is there any ethical way to prevent that from happening?"
"When you consider that our technology has advanced from the first telephones to smartphones in roughly a century, it's easy to understand why it seems like tomorrow is arriving faster than it ever did."
"Gentrification is a form of immigration, though almost nobody calls it that."
Since 2000, Annalee has a relationship with Charlie Jane Anders.