IEET > Contributors > Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is an American journalist who covers the cultural impact of science and technology. She received a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, with a dissertation that was later published as Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture.

In 2002, she was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, and was a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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.

From 1999 to 2008 she wrote a syndicated weekly column called “Techsploitation.” She co-founded other magazine in 2002, which was published tri-annually until 2007. In 2008, Gawker media asked Newitz to start a blog about science and science fiction, which was dubbed io9. Newitz has remained editor-in-chief since its founding, and in 2010, io9 was named one of the top 30 science blogs by The Times.

Newitz’s work has been published in Popular Science, Wired,, New Scientist, Metro Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and AlterNet. She has discussed her work on CNN, The New York Times, NPR, G4, BBC, and CBC, and she is a regular lecturer at colleges and conferences.

Home Page |

"Could Aliens have Created Life on Earth?"  (Sep 28, 2012)

"Terrorists Attack Nanotech Labs with Bombs, claiming they fear NanoCyborgs and Gray Goo"   io9  (Jun 4, 2012)

"Will Armed Drones be Policing American Cities?"  (May 29, 2012)

"What Cannabis actually does to your Brain"   io9  (Apr 30, 2012)

"Hard evidence that Giant Tyrannosaurs were Cuter than you ever thought possible"   io9  (Apr 5, 2012)

"A science fictional map of San Francisco as an archipelago city"  (Mar 28, 2012)

"Men increasingly unsatisfied with science careers that don’t allow time for family life"  (Mar 25, 2012)

"Women can have orgasms from exercising, say scientists"  (Mar 23, 2012)

"Google rolling out the AR glasses from Vernor Vinge’s novel Rainbows End"  (Mar 15, 2012)

"What does science fiction tell us about the future of reproductive rights?"  (Mar 2, 2012)

"Further evidence that Twitter will not liberate the world"   io9  (Feb 20, 2012)

"Get ready for the Sexapocalypse – some say it’s already here"   io9  (Feb 16, 2012)

"French Company Used Industrial Fuel Additives in its Breast Implants"   io9  (Feb 4, 2012)

"Does Newt Gingrich want to make Neuromancer come true?"   io9  (Jan 30, 2012)

"The Growing Evidence for Octopus Intelligence"   io9  (Jan 26, 2012)

Recent Multimedia
Slow Futures: Using History to Write About Tomorrow   2013-03-28

Knowing your Audience when Writing about the Future   2013-02-04

Annalee Newitz interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson   2012-08-15

Past Appearances
Naam, Newitz, Vita-More, Hughes @ Writing about the Future Pre-Conf Event (Borderlands, 870 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 - Nov 30, 2012)