Annalee Newitz with Misha Stone — The Terraformers

From the Lambda Award–winning novelist, podcaster, and founder of io9, a science fiction epic for our times—and a love letter to our future

Third Place Books welcomes staff-favorite science journalist and novelist Annalee Newitz to our Ravenna neighborhood store! Newitz will be discussing their highly-anticipated sci-fi epic, The Terraformers, in conversation with Misha Stone, librarian and Vice Chair on the Clarion West Writers Workshop board. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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Copies of The Terraformers will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About The Terraformers. . .

A science fiction epic for our times and a love letter to our future, The Terraformers will take you on a journey spanning thousands of years and exploring the triumphs, strife, and hope that find us wherever we make our home.

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 the mission she's devoted her life to, and must make a choice that will reverberate through Sask-E's future for generations to come.


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 the Expanse series

“Newitz always sees to the heart of complex systems and breaks them down with poetic ferocity.”
—N. K. Jemisin, author ofThe City We Became

"Brilliantly thoughtful, prescient, and gripping.”
—Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries

"[Featuring] an appealingly diverse cast of rangers, scientists, engineers and an utterly endearing autonomous collective of sentient flying trains... The Terraformers, refreshingly, is the opposite of the dystopian, we’re-all-doomed chiller that’s become so common in climate fiction. Newitz’s mordant sense of humor steers the story clear of starry-eyed optimism, but it’s easy to imagine future generations studying this novel as a primer for how to embrace solutions to the challenges we all face."
Scientific American

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 award.

Misha Stone (she/her) is a Reader Services librarian at The Seattle Public Library. She also serves as Vice Chair on the Clarion West Writers Workshop board and served as a 2022 World Fantasy award judge.

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