Annalee Newitz's Autonomous Tackles Robotic Freedom (Emerald City Comic Con)

ECCC 2018: Annalee Newitz on her new sci-fi novel, Autonomous

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Mar 2, 2018

Annalee Newitz is known primarily as being the dynamic co-founder and editor of the online geek news site, io9, but she's also an accomplished author with her first book about a 22nd-century Robin Hood-like protagonist who reverse engineers pharmaceuticals and a mercenary and his android sent to hunt her down.

Besides being a fictional cautionary tale, it's also a human-robot love story which raises provocative questions about the evolving state of biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and humanity itself. Autonomous was released this past September from Tor Books and the imaginative endeavor has garnered rave reviews across the board.

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SYFY WIRE's Katie Wilson sat down with Newitz at Emerald City Comic Con yesterday to learn more about the book's anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate named Jack, the military agents and his robotic partner in pursuit, the legacy and future of slavery, and how she moved from science and technology journalism to newbie novelist.

 

Additional material by Jeff Spry.