Meet Annalee Newitz, Author of The Terraformers


On Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 PM, San Mateo County Libraries welcomes local author and innovative literary world-builder Annalee Newitz, author of The Terraformers. We’re excited to host Annalee in conversation with fellow local sci-fi author, Mike Chen (Light Years From Home).

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A Science Fiction Epic for Our Times

From science fiction visionary Annalee Newitz comes The Terraformers, a sweeping, uplifting and illuminating exploration of the future.

Destry's life is dedicated to terraforming Sask-E. As part of the Environmental Rescue Team, she cares for the planet and its burgeoning eco-systems as her parents and their parents did before her. But the bright, clean future they're building comes under threat when Destry discovers a city full of people that shouldn’t exist, hidden inside a massive volcano.

As she uncovers more about their past, Destry begins to question her life’s mission and must make a choice that will reverberate through Sask-E's future for generations to come. The Terraformers will take readers on a journey spanning thousands of years and exploring the triumphs, strife and hope that find us wherever we make our home.

Get to Know Writer Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is an American journalist, editor and author of fiction and nonfiction. They are the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and have written for Popular Science, The New Yorker and the Washington Post. They founded the science fiction website io9 and served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008–2015, and then became Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo and Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica. Their book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize in science. Their first novel, Autonomous, won a Lambda Literary award.

Praise for The Terraformers

"The Terraformers is so engaging, you could almost miss the pyrotechnic world-building and bone-deep intelligence. Newitz continues doing some of the best work in the field."—James S. A. Corey, author of Hugo Award-winning The Expanse series

"Fascinating and readable in equal measure, The Terraformers will remake your mind like its cast remakes an entire planet."—John Scalzi, author of The Collapsing Empire

“Annalee Newitz’s ability to combine the wild west and the final frontier with plate tectonics and post-humanism while spinning an epic tale that never loses sight of its characters is nothing short of magical. After reading The Terraformers you will want to live in Annalee Newitz’s future.”—Javier Grillo-Marxuach, author of The Middleman

"Newitz’s latest is far-reaching and ambitious but also surprisingly cozy and warm. . . . Newitz has a true gift for exploring the tweaks, movements, and decisions that keep history moving forward centuries ahead, and for digging into weighty issues while maintaining light humor, a delightful queer sensibility, and pure moments of joy."—Booklist Starred Review