Annalee Newitz

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Annalee Newitz
Annalee Newitz.jpg
Annalee Newitz at Etech 2005
Born1969 (age 49–50)
United States
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationJournalist, editor, author

Annalee Newitz (born 1969) is an American journalist, editor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has written for the periodicals Popular Science and Wired. From 1999 to 2008 she wrote a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation, and from 2000 to 2004 she was the culture editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2004 she became a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. With C.J. Anders, she also co-founded Other magazine, a periodical that ran from 2002 to 2007. From 2008 to 2015 she was Editor-in-Chief of Gawker-owned media venture io9, and subsequently its direct descendent Gizmodo, Gawker's design and technology blog. As of 2016, she is Tech Culture Editor at the technology site Ars Technica.

Early life[edit]

Newitz was born in 1969, and grew up in Irvine, California. She graduated from Irvine High School, and in 1987 moved to Berkeley, California.[1] In 1996, Newitz started doing freelance writing. In 1998, she completed a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, with a dissertation on images of monsters, psychopaths, and capitalism in twentieth century American popular culture,[2] the content of which later appeared in book form from Duke University Press.[3][4]

Around 1999, she co-founded the Post-World War II American Literature and Culture Database in an attempt to chronicle modern literature and popular culture.[5]


Newitz became a full-time writer and journalist in 1999 with an invitation to write a weekly column for the Metro Silicon Valley, a column which then ran in various venues for nine years. Newitz then served as the culture editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian from 2000 to 2004.[6]

Newitz was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 2002 to 2003, supporting her as a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[7] From 2004–2005 she was a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and from 2007–2009 she was on the board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, a Hugo award-winning author and commentator, co-founded Other magazine.[8][9]

In 2008, Gawker media asked Newitz to start a blog about science and science fiction, dubbed io9, for which she served as editor-in-chief from its founding until 2015 when it merged with Gizmodo, another Gawker media design and technology blog property; Newitz then took on the same leadership of the new venture.[10][11] In November 2015, Newitz left Gawker to join Ars Technica, where she has been employed as Tech Culture Editor since December 2015.

After writing her first novel in 2017, Autonomous, for which she was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2018 for the best novel, she is preparing the next one for which she gives the following insight on her website: 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Newitz is the daughter of two English teachers: her mother, Cynthia, at a high school, and her father, Marty, at a community college.[13] She is in a relationship with Charlie Jane Anders with whom she created in March 2018 the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.


Published works[edit]

Newitz's work has been published in Popular Science, Wired,, New Scientist, Metro Silicon Valley,[20] the San Francisco Bay Guardian,[15] and at AlterNet.[6][16] In addition to these print and online periodicals, she has published the following short stories and books:

Short stories[edit]


  • "Two Scenarios for the Future of Solar Energy", Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future ed. by Kathryn Cramer and Ed Finn, William Morrow, 2014
  • "Great Female Scientists in History", Particulates, ed. Nalo Hopkinson, 2018


  • White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge Press, 1997)
  • The Bad Subjects Anthology (New York University Press, 1998)
  • Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (Duke University Press, 2006)
  • She's Such a Geek co-edited, with Charlie Anders (Seal Press, 2006)
  • Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday, 2013)
  • Autonomous (Tor Books, September 2017) 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novel nominee[21], 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist, 2018 Locus Awards at the second place, 2018 Lambda Award SF/Fantasy/Horror winner[22] (translated in German as Autonom in 2018)
  • The Future of Another Timeline (Tor Books, forthcoming 2019) [23]
  • The Terraformers (Tor Books, forthcoming 2021)[23]


  1. ^ Annalee Newitz, 2006, "About Annalee," at (online), see "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), accessed 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ ProQuest, 2015, "Citation/Abstract: When we pretend that we're dead: Monsters, psychopaths and the economy in American popular culture [Newitz, Annalee… University of California, Berkeley], see [1], accessed 19 February 2015.
  3. ^ eDuke, 2015, "Books, Cholarly Collection: Pretend We’re Dead, Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture, By Annalee Newitz, at Duke University Press (online), see [2], accessed 19 February 2015.
  4. ^ For a review of the book: ILoz Zoc, 2006, "Book Review/Interview: Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture by Annalee Newitz," at blogcritics (online), September 12, 2006, see "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), accessed 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ Cheifet, Stewart (January 8, 1999). Online Literature. Net Cafe. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Newitz, Annalee (July 2, 2008). "My Last Column". AlterNet. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Knight Science Journalism, 2015, "Alumni Fellows, Class of 2003: Annalee Newitz, culture editor, San Francisco Bay Guardian", see "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), accessed 19 February 2015.
  8. ^ Rona Marech, 2004, "A pop culture magazine for freaks and 'new outcasts,' Other journal is pro-rant, pro-loopy and pro-anarchy," at SFGATE (online), August 31, 2004, see [3], accessed 19 February 2015.
  9. ^ Camille Dodero, 2003, "The New Outcasts," in the Boston Phoenix, November 14–20, 2003 [defunct weekly as of 2013, see "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), accessed 19 February 2015].
  10. ^ Mathew Ingramm 2015, "Gawker Media merging Gizmodo and io9 teams into a tech super-hub." GIGAOM (online), January 15, 2015, see [], accessed 19 February 2015].
  11. ^ Richard Mankiewicz, 2010, "Science 2.0: Eureka’s Top 30 Science Blogs," at TimesOnline, February 21, 2010, see [4], accessed 19 February 2015.
  12. ^ Annalee Newitz, 2018, author's own website (online),; accessed 20 October 2018.
  13. ^ Annalee Newitz, 1997, "Sexual Mutants of the Multiculture", BadPost (online), Issue #33, September 1997; accessed 19 February 2015.
  14. ^ Emily (May 23, 2005). "Interview: Annalee Newitz". Archived from the original on May 17, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  15. ^ a b AAN Staff (June 19, 2002). "Bay Guardian Editor Named Knight Science Fellow". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  16. ^ a b c "Spotlight on: Annalee Newitz, Author and Editor". Locus Magazine. January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  17. ^ a b Sterne, Peter (January 15, 2015). "Gawker Media merges Gizmodo and io9, names Annalee Newitz editor". Politico Media.
  18. ^ Seidman, Bianca (August 28, 2015). "Report: Women's accounts on Ashley Madison were fake". CBS News. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  19. ^ a b O'Shea, Chris (November 16, 2015). "Annalee Newitz joins Ars Technica". Ad Week. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  20. ^ Newitz, Annalee (September 16, 1999). "Burning the Man". Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  21. ^ "Nebula Awards 2018". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  22. ^ "sfadb - Annalee Newitz". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Announcing Three New Novels From Annalee Newitz".

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