My novel about a mad scientist and a witch is becoming a real book!

When a young mad scientist meets a witch in junior high school, they form an unusual bond — even though he's building a supercomputer and she's talking to animals. That's what happens in my novel All the Birds in the Sky, which Tor Books has just agreed to publish next year. I am way over the moon about this! » 3/11/14 1:50pm 3/11/14 1:50pm

When the world is ending, the only thing to do is make slapstick movies

We're all obsessed with the end of the world lately — but at last, John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey have broken that anxiety down into three distinct stages. They're putting out collections of pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. And you can read my story from the pre-apocalyptic volume now. » 3/04/14 1:47pm 3/04/14 1:47pm

She's trapped in a barbaric past, and she just wants to help people

I've written a lot about what it takes to create a new adventure hero from scratch — and now you can read a story where I tried to do just that. My story "The Cartography of Sudden Death" just appeared at Tor.com story "The Cartography of Sudden Death" just appeared at Tor.com, and it introduces Jemima Brookwater, a… » 1/23/14 5:59pm 1/23/14 5:59pm

To write this heartfelt emotional story, I had to do trigonometry

My story "The Time Travel Club" is out in the new issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. It's the story of a group of people who get together to share their made-up time travel experiences. And then someone turns up who's built an actual working time machine. To write this tale, I needed to delve into real physics. » 9/18/13 10:23am 9/18/13 10:23am

My Weird Tale About a Man Who Wants to Fall Back in Love With His Wife

What if you could take a pill to make yourself fall madly in love with someone, forever? That's sort of part of the premise of my story "Complicated and Stupid," which is up at Strange Horizons now. Plus there's a pornstar who headbutts her partners during sex, and the pornstar's pet gerbil. » 8/23/13 4:30pm 8/23/13 4:30pm

Annalee Newitz Reading This Week in Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco

So I wrote a science nonfiction book about how humans will survive a mass extinction. I'm celebrating by going to places where people read books, and talking to them! Join me to discuss science saving the world tonight in Chicago, Wednesday in Atlanta, or next week in San Francisco and Berkeley. » 5/28/13 11:40am 5/28/13 11:40am

Amber Benson and Glen David Gold reading in San Francisco tomorrow…

For the past eleven years, I've been organizing a monthly reading series called Writers With Drinks, which has featured a lot of my favorite authors. And I just wanted to mention that tomorrow evening's event is one, in particular, that io9 readers might not want to miss. Coming up from L.A. are Amber Benson, author… » 4/13/12 5:14pm 4/13/12 5:14pm

Read the best stories from Tor.com in a free e-book anthology

Your commute to work needs more post-apocalyptic heroic songs and interstellar voyaging. Tor.com has you covered, with a nifty free e-book collecting "Some of the Best from Tor.com." It includes stories by Michael Swanwick, Yoon-Ha Lee, Harry Turtledove, Paul Park, Nnedi Okorafor, and myself. You can pre-order the… » 2/01/12 12:14pm 2/01/12 12:14pm