has announced that Tor Books has acquired two novels and a forthcoming third title from former io9 founder and Editor-in-Chief (as well as former Gizmodo Editor-in-Chief) Annalee Newitz.

The two novels, “The Future of Another Timeline” and “The Terraformers”, are slated to release in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

According to “The Future of Another Timeline” “is a mind-bending and thought-provoking speculative thriller about a group of time-traveling geologists who are trying to prevent a dark future from coming to pass.”

Tor’s synopsis for “The Terraformers” describes it as a “multi-generational tale of love and politics, set against the backdrop of an awe-inspiring feat of environmental science. This is a book about building good ecosystems, fighting natural disasters, and falling in love. It’s a big, sweeping future-historical novel driven by the idealistic visions and emotions of its characters as well as by ideas about environmentalism and urban social structures”.

The third title has not had details released as of yet, but one could assume that it will most likely also trade in the spheres of science-fictional story and the human condition.


Newitz’s previous writing includes “Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction” (2013) - a non-fiction anthology on Earth’s mass-extinction events and the technological futures we are currently working toward that can save us from these, “She’s Such a Geek: Women Write about Science, Technology, and other Geeky Stuff” (2006) - a non-fiction anthology that is exactly what the title states, “Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture” (2006) - a non-fiction dive into pop fiction’s representation of monsters and what they represent about America’s capitalist structure, and “Autonomous” (2017) - Newitz’s first fiction novel, a dystopian thriller and Nebula/Locus/Campbell nominee on “the future of property law”, the possibility of actual “freedom”, and the race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic in 2144.

You can find out more about Annalee at [insert genetive personal pronoun here] own personal webpage:


Update: According to a sharing of the article on Annalee’s Twitter: “yes, one of these books does feature a sentient flying train falling in love with a cat.”