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Book Talk: Annalee Newitz on “The Terraformers”
February 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Knight Science Journalism Program is excited to welcome back best selling author Annalee Newitz, KSJ 2003, to talk about their new work of science fiction, The Terraformers. Newitz will discuss their work as a science journalist informs their science fiction world building and storytelling.
About The Terraformers:
Destry is a top network analyst with the Environmental Rescue Team, an ancient organization devoted to preventing ecosystem collapse. On the planet Sask-E, her mission is to terraform an Earthlike world, with the help of her taciturn moose, Whistle. But then she discovers a city that isn’t supposed to exist, hidden inside a massive volcano. Torn between loyalty to the ERT and the truth of the planet’s history, Destry makes a decision that echoes down the generations.
Centuries later, Destry’s protege, Misha, is building a planetwide transit system when his worldview is turned upside-down by Sulfur, a brilliant engineer from the volcano city. Together, they uncover a dark secret about the real estate company that’s buying up huge swaths of the planet—a secret that could destroy the lives of everyone who isn’t Homo sapiens. Working with a team of robots, naked mole rats, and a very angry cyborg cow, they quietly sow seeds of subversion. But when they’re threatened with violent diaspora, Misha and Sulfur’s very unusual child faces a stark choice: deploy a planet-altering weapon, or watch their people lose everything they’ve built on Sask-E.
Please contact Learning and Events Coordinator Claire Sadar if you are interested in attending.