Autonomous, Annalee Newitz’s vision of a future full of sentient robots, indentured humans, and patent-looting pirates, is coming to the small screen! AMC has optioned Newitz’s debut novel as a television series, with the io9 cofounder and author cowriting the pilot.
Newitz shared the news (which was announced on Publishers Marketplace) on Twitter:
At last it can be told! AMC has optioned my novel AUTONOMOUS for TV, plus they bought a pilot script from the incredible, brilliant showrunner @absegel and me. I am stunned and ecstatic and zooming around!!! pic.twitter.com/9MWafUHBr7
— Annalee Newitz (@Annaleen) November 15, 2018
Newitz cowrote the pilot with TV writer/producer/showrunner Amanda Segel, known for Person of Interest, The Mist, Nikita, and more.
Read an excerpt from Autonomous and learn more about this engrossing speculative novel:
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?
Newitz’s next novel from Tor Books will be The Future of Another Timeline, slated for Fall 2019: 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 Books has also acquired The Terraformers (publishing Fall 2021), a multi-generational tale of love and politics, set against the backdrop of an awe-inspiring feat of environmental science; and a third book set for 2023, details forthcoming.