10:00 AM10:00

Locus Master Class: Turn your obsessive research into amazing worldbuilding!

I’m super excited to be teaching a Locus Masterclass this fall! Come learn about research, worldbuilding, and the joy of wonky details!

Here’s the description from the catalogue:

In this class, Annalee will give you the tools to build another world. They’ll talk about how to create believable, nuanced cultures, environments, and geographies in fiction, whether your setting is the distant future or fairyland. They’ll help you explore ways to draw your reader into these worlds by creating compelling characters and plots that complement the settings you’ve imagined. Annalee has a background as an academic and science journalist, and they’ll also teach you how to enhance your worldbuilding with research into real life science, history, and other subjects that fascinate you. Discover the secrets of scientific journals, obscure archives, rare book libraries, and more! Learn about where to find reliable sources online, and how to interview experts. And then, when your brain is completely full, Annalee will talk about how to pour all that in-depth research into a story that evokes a whole new reality. This class will include a light reading assignment beforehand and a couple of research and writing exercises. 

Locus Magazine is excited to bring master classes with award-winning authors to the Bay Area. These classes began with the writing workshops in Seattle in conjunction with the Locus Awards Weekend, and have run for over a decade. Past instructors include Charlie Jane Anders, Christopher Barzak, Gail Carriger, Daryl Gregory, Stephen Graham Jones, Nancy Kress, Yoon Ha Lee, Paul Park, Kim Stanley Robinson, Carrie Vaughn, and Connie Willis.

Thinking of attending? Please do. We support diversity! We encourage people of color, women, people with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, size, nationality, religion, culture, education level, and self-identification.

Cost of enrollment is $150, and all proceeds go to the hard-working staff of Locus magazine, as well as production costs, etc. Support indie publishing, and learn something! You can register here.

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7:30 PM19:30

Talk: We're in the Wrong Timeline

I’m excited to be returning to The Interval to talk about topics related to my new novel.

Here’s the description:

In science fiction, we dream of changing the past with time machines. In reality, we try to change the present with politics, new technologies, art, and more. Annalee Newitz's new novel, The Future of Another Timeline, is about time travelers in an edit war over history. But it's also about using stories to change the course of civilization. Annalee, a science journalist and fiction writer, will discuss the idea of time travel, as well as the extensive scientific and historical research they did for the novel.

Tickets sell out fast, so get yours here.

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to Oct 6

New York Comic-con

Yep, I’ll be there. This will be during my book tour (!!!) so I will be willing to sign anything, but hopefully I’ll mostly be signing books.

I’ll be on the following panels:

Friday, 10/4, 11-12am: Magic x Mayhem panel, followed by an autographing at 12:15 pm.

Friday 10/4, 6:30-7:30pm: Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel, for writers (including me!) collected in the annual anthology of … you guessed it … Best American SF and Fantasy. (Room 1A18)

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to Oct 11

The Future of Another Timeline BOOK TOUR!!!

Want to see me read from my new novel about time traveling riot grrls, rebellious belly dancers, and a horrific threat to the timeline from a group of men who follow the gospel of 19th century moralist Anthony Comstock? Join me on my tour across the US, making 14 stops at bookstores, libraries, and one museum! Follow the link for dates and details!

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to Aug 19


I’ll be on panels and generally hanging around at Worldcon in Dublin. The podcast I do with Charlie Jane Anders, Our Opinions Are Correct, has been nominated for a Hugo Award this year! So I’ll definitely be at the Hugo Award Ceremony!

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to Jul 21

San Diego Comic-con

I’ll be on several panels at Comic-con!


10-11am: Panel: Tor Presents Magic x Mayhem in SF/F

Room: 28DE

3-4pm: Book signing at the Tor booth

Location: Booth #2701


5-6pm: Panel: Writing: Craft, Crossover, and Community

Room: 23ABC


11-12pm: Panel: How to be a Nerd For A Living: Discovering Careers in Pop Culture

Room: Grand 10, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2-3pm: Panel: San Diego 2049: Worldbuilding the Future at UC San Diego

Location: San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd

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7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Erewhon Salon

Join the brilliant and lovely Charlie Jane Anders and I for a literary salon in the glorious offices of independent speculative fiction publisher Erewhon Books. Created by Erewhon editor Liz Gorinsky, these salons feature author readings, but they are also a space for our community to gather, a chance to talk and relax and play with speculative fiction fans and beyond. Doors at 7:00, reading at 7:30, and hanging out until 11:00. Please RSVP.

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8:00 PM20:00

LitQuake! Queer As Us: A Night with Lambda Literary 


Join Litquake and Lambda Literary in nurturing and advocating for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve legacies, and affirm the value of their stories and lives. Featuring two of San Francisco's homegrown Lambda Literary Award winners: Nebula-nominated novelist Annalee Newitz, and Radar Production's Juliana Delgado Lopera. Moderated by Lisa Galloway from Foglifter Press. FREE

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to Oct 7

New York Comic-con

I’ll be on panels and doing signings at New York Comic-con! Come say hi and tell me about your favorite new books and movies! Here’s where I’ll be:


5:15-6:15 - Tor Presents: #FearlessWomen

Room 1A18

Panelists: V.E. Schwab (Vengeful, Shades of Magic series), Charlie Jane Anders (City in the Middle of the Night, All the Birds in the Sky), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), K. Arsenault Rivera (The Phoenix Empress), Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children series). Moderator: Kayti Burt, Books Editor, Den of Geek

6:30-7:30 - Signing!

Hall 1A Author Autographing Area, Table 1


2:30-3:00 - Signing at the Tor Booth!

Booth #2136

6:30 PM-7:30 - Flood, Fire, Famine, Fear: How Science Fiction Tackles the Challenges of Climate Change When Politicians Won’t

Room 1B03

Panelists: Ashley & Leslie Saunders (The Rule of One), Eliot Peper (Bandwidth), Jeremy Brown (Zero Limit), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous). Moderator: Jason Kirk, Senior Editor 47North Books

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6:00 PM18:00

Thinking Machines: Synthetic Biology

I'll be talking about synthetic biology with Wired co-founder Jane Metcalfe and Twist Bioscience CEO Emily Laproust as part of the De Young Museum's Thinking Machines series. How are innovations in DNA synthesis changing the landscape of medical research, industrial production, food systems, and data storage? What impacts will synthetic biology have on us and the planet, and how can we balance their ethical limits with their possibilities to change the world for the better? This should be a fascinating discussion.

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to Jun 22

Breakthrough Dialogue 2018: Rising Tides

Join the eco-modernists at this year's fascinating Breakthrough Dialogue conference. Policy-makers, scientists, activists, and storytellers gather to discuss the future of the planet and how we can save our ecosystems before it's too late. I'll be part of a conversation about the sixth mass extinction, and what we can do about it.

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6:30 PM18:30

Dog Eared Books 2-Year Anniversary

I'll be reading at Dog Eared Books to celebrate 2 years of this awesome indie bookstore in its lovely Castro location. Joining me are two incredible writers, Tongo Eisen-Martin and Virgie Tovar. Doors at 6:30, readings at 7:00, and then stay for drinks, snacks, and delightful conversation with friends who love books. More information on Facebook.

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to Jun 17

Denver Comic-con

I'm on a ton of panels at this amazing con. 


10:30 am

It's the End of the World As We Know It! Well...sort of. :: Room 405 - Authors

Cara Bandalos, Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, Kristen Simmons

1:00 pm

Annalee Newitz Signing :: Author Signing Booth 5

4:00 pm

Finding creative inspiration in the mundane :: Room 406/407 - Authors

Emily Devenport, Tricia Levenseller, Laurel McHargue, Annalee Newitz, Christopher Paolini


11:30 am

Cyberdyne is here! Genetic Engineering & Cybertech in Fiction :: Room 402/403 - Authors

Emily Skrutskie, Rob Boffard, C. Robert Cargill, Sue Duff, Annalee Newitz, Connie Willis

2:30 pm

Real Science in Science Fiction :: Room 402/403 - Authors

Emily Skrutskie, Carrie Vaughn, Charlie Jane Anders, Rob Boffard, Sue Duff, Sylvain Neuvel, Annalee Newitz, David Pedreira

6:00 pm

Becoming an Authorpreneur: The Business Of being A Writer :: Room 406/407 - Authors

Robert Jackson Bennett, Jacqueline Carey, Alexa Donne, Sherry Ficklin, Annalee Newitz, David Pedreira, K. Arsenault Rivera


11:00 am

Annalee Newitz Signing :: Author Signing Booth 5

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7:00 PM19:00

Ars Technica Live

This is going to be a very special edition of Ars Technica Live about the history and future of tech law. My co-host Cyrus Farivar and I will be interviewing each other about our new books! Cyrus has just published a history of famous legal cases about surveillance tech called Habeas Data, and I'll talk about future laws governing patents and robots in my novel Autonomous. RSVP on Eventbrite!

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to Jun 8

Interplanetary Festival

I'll be speaking at this amazing event devoted to our future as a space-faring species. What technologies do we need to build sustainable human communities on other worlds, and what thorny ethical questions will that raise. Join us for two days of science and speculation, sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute. I'm on a panel early Friday evening about whether the world is ending, or if we have cause for hope. Obviously, I have hope! 

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6:30 PM18:30

Interval at the Long Now: Salon Talk

I'll be doing a talk called "Science Needs Fiction" as part of the Long Now Foundation's Interval Salon Talks series. 

Science fiction does more than predict future inventions. Stories are a testbed for exploring the unexpected ways people could incorporate technology into their cultures. From my dual perspectives as a science journalist and fiction writer, I'll will discuss how scientists, innovators, and the rest of us benefit from the crucible of imaginative fictions. 

Tickets are available at the Interval. These shows usually sell out, so get your tickets early!

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to Mar 4

Emerald City Comic-con, Seattle, WA

  • 800 Convention Place Seattle, WA, 98101 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Here's my complete schedule:


11:15am – 11:30am on the ECC Livestream Stage (Booth #1850): Talking with SYFY Wire

12:00pm – 1:00pm in room WSCC 603: “When Women Rule the World: The Female Perspective in Fantasy & Science Fiction." A panel discussion with me, Kendare Blake, Seanan McGuire, Charlie N. Holmberg, Emily King. 


12:00pm – 12:15pm on the ECC Livestream Stage (Booth #1850): Talking with SYFY Wire about Strong Female Characters

1:00-1:30pm at Booth #6-1000: SIGNING!!! at the University Bookstore Booth

6:00-7:00pm in TCC L3-R2: “10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters." A panel discussion moderated by Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living).


1:15pm – 2:15pm in WSCC 603: “Writing for the Future," a panel discussion with me, Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath), AdriAnne Strickland (Shadow Run), and Michael Miller (Shadow Run).

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