Annalee Newitz writes about science, culture, and the future. She is the Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica, and the founding editor of io9. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of popular tech site Gizmodo. She’s the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday and Anchor), which was nominated for a 2013 LA Times book prize. Her first science fiction novel, Autonomous, will be released from Tor in 2017.
She’s also been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She’s co-editor of the essay collection She’s Such A Geek (Seal Press), and author of Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (Duke University Press). Formerly, she was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and has a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.
Fixing environmental problems on Earth and exploring space are not mutually exclusive goals. In fact, they are part of the same scientific project: understanding how planets work as massive interconnected ecosystems. Here’s why getting to space will help us save the planet, and vice versa.
Swing by the Booksmith table in the Exploration Hall to grab a signed copy of “Confessions of an Alien Hunter” by Seth Shostak, “Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction” by Annalee Newitz, and “Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA” by Amy Shira Teitel.