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.
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)
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!
I’ll be on several panels at Comic-con!
10-11am: Panel: Tor Presents Magic x Mayhem in SF/F
3-4pm: Book signing at the Tor booth
Location: Booth #2701
5-6pm: Panel: Writing: Craft, Crossover, and Community
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
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.
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
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
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!
6:30 PM-7:30 - Flood, Fire, Famine, Fear: How Science Fiction Tackles the Challenges of Climate Change When Politicians Won’t
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
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.
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.
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.
I'm on a ton of panels at this amazing con.
Cara Bandalos, Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, Kristen Simmons
Emily Devenport, Tricia Levenseller, Laurel McHargue, Annalee Newitz, Christopher Paolini
Emily Skrutskie, Rob Boffard, C. Robert Cargill, Sue Duff, Annalee Newitz, Connie Willis
Emily Skrutskie, Carrie Vaughn, Charlie Jane Anders, Rob Boffard, Sue Duff, Sylvain Neuvel, Annalee Newitz, David Pedreira
Robert Jackson Bennett, Jacqueline Carey, Alexa Donne, Sherry Ficklin, Annalee Newitz, David Pedreira, K. Arsenault Rivera
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!
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!
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!
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).
I'll be in conversation with Daniel Wilson, author of Robopocalypse and Clockwork Dynasty. Yes, we will be talking a lot about robots--fictional and nonfictional.
This is at the Beaverton branch of Powell's, so be sure to double-check the address supplied by the algorithm in your phone.
I'm the science guest of honor at this venerable and awesome Detroit science fiction convention. Find out more on the Confusion site.
Here's my schedule:
5:00 PM, Petosky: Guest of Honor Reading: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Lost Cities
7:00 PM, Big Top: Opening Ceremonies!
11:00 AM, Kaffeeklatsch. Space is limited to 10 people. Sign up at the convention through OPS.
2:00 PM, Saugatuck: Panel: Limitations of Space, with me, Bob Trembley, Connie Trembley, and Karen Burnham.
4:00 PM, St. Clair: Autograph Signing with me, James Breakwell, Jim Butcher, and Nisi Shawl.
5:00 PM, Isle Royale: Panel: The Last Jedi as a Case Study in Storytelling, with me, Amal El-Mohtar, Annalee Flower Horne, Delilah S. Dawson, Julia Rios, and Nisi Shawl
12:00 PM, Isle Royale: Panel: The Robots Are Here! with me, Andrea Phillips, Curtis Potterveld, Tracy Townsend