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Wed Sep 20 // 7:30 pm

Autonomous Launch and Signing: Annalee Newitz in Conversation with Rose Eveleth

Presented by CAVEAT

"Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet."—Neal Stephenson

Come celebrate the launch of Autonomous, the debut novel by Annalee Newitz! Annalee will discuss the book with Rose Eveleth (host and creator of Flash Forward and producer on 30 for 30).

Admission to the event is free. Annalee will be signing books afterward. Please either buy the book on site or reserve your copy (and spot!) with the ticket link.

Doors: 7:30

From the Publisher:

The highly anticipated science fiction debut from the founder of io9!

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

"Something genuinely and thrillingly new in the naturalistic, subjective, paradoxically humanistic but non-anthropomorphic depiction of bot-POV—and all in the service of vivid, solid storytelling."—William Gibson

"Everything you'd hope for from the co-founder of io9 ... Combines the gonzo, corporatized future of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash with the weird sex of Charlie Stross's Saturn's Children; throws in an action hero that's a biohacker version of Bruce Sterling's Leggy Starlitz, and then saturates it with decades of deep involvement with free software hackers, pop culture, and the leading edge of human sexuality." —Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Walkaway.