Science fiction

My fiction is inspired by the science and technology I cover as a journalist.

Warning: Not all contents are entirely based on plausible scientific principles. 

Cover design by Will Staehle.

Cover design by Will Staehle.

Cover of  Shimmer  magazine, with an amazing interpretation of a scene from my story "Unclaimed." Illustration by Kurt Huggins.

Cover of Shimmer magazine, with an amazing interpretation of a scene from my story "Unclaimed." Illustration by Kurt Huggins.


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.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?  

(Order the book.)

Autonomous has been nominated for the 2017 Nebula and Lambda Literary Awards!

Publisher's Weekly gave Autonomous a starred review, and called it "a phenomenal debut."

The Chicago Tribune said, "Newitz's provocative ideas make this one of the strongest first novels of the year."

NPR raved, "It's a brilliant, fascinating debut, beautifully written and developed."

Rebellious Magazine described it as "sometimes sexy, sometimes brutal, consistently fascinating."

Other Praise for Autonomous:

"Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet."—Neal Stephenson
"Something genuinely and thrillingly new in the naturalistic, subjective, paradoxically humanistic but non-anthropomorphic depiction of bot-POV—and all in the service of vivid, solid storytelling."—William Gibson
"Moves fast, with frightening intelligence." —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
"Annalee Newitz has conjured the rarest, most exciting thing: a future that's truly new ... a terrific novel and a tremendous vision." —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

"Holy hell. Autnomous is remarkable." —Lauren Beukes, bestselling author of Broken Monsters
"A phenomenal debut." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)


what about my next novel?

Yep, I am already contracted with the excellent Tor Books for a second novel. It's about time travel and what it would be like to meet yourself as a teenager and have a really, really intense conversation with her about how fucked up your high school friends are.


short stories

I have published science fiction short stories. Here are some favorites.

"The Blue Fairy's Manifesto," Robots vs. Fairies, ed. by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, 2018. 

"Birth of the Ant Rights Movement," Ars Technica UK, 2016. (Read)

"All Natural Organic Microbes," MIT's Twelve Tomorrows, 2016. (Order the issue.)

"Drones Don't Kill People," Lightspeed Magazine, 2014. (Read)

"Unclaimed," Shimmer Magazine2014. (Order the issue.)

"Two Scenarios for the Future of Solar Energy," Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, ed. by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer, 2014. (Order the book.)

"Twilight of the Eco-Terrorist," Apex Magazine, 2011. (Read)

"The Gravity Fetishist," Flurb, 2010. (Read)