BESTSELLING AUTHOR, SPEAKER, AND FUTURIST
Philip K. Dick Award Nominated
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated Phoenix Horizon trilogy, (R)EVOLUTION, (ID)ENTITY, and (CON)SCIENCE. Her ghost story "Ours" appeared in the 2021 anthology, DECEMBER TALES. She is on the board of directors of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is the futurist, media consultant and writer/producer for the Human Energy Project, and runs The New Mythos Project. A former chairperson of Humanity Plus, she helped rebrand the organization, launch H+ Magazine and organize the first multi-org conference on futurist topics, Convergence ’08. She authored "Yucky Gets Yummy: How Speculative Fiction Creates Society" and "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy," foundational works on the neuropsychology of empathy and media.
She has presented her ideas to groups like National Geographic, the Producers and Directors Guilds of America, NASA-JPL, Huffington Post, The H+ Summit, and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a frequent guest on podcasts and webshows including StarTalk, Technically Human, The World Transformed, and Singularity.FM, and has had articles published in Writer's Digest, BoingBoing and Tor.com. She is also the first person to create and transfer a digital autograph for a novel verified by the blockchain. Manney consults with and speaks to companies and organizations about the future of technology and humanity and teaches science fiction writing at the Rambo Academy.
Manney graduated from Wesleyan University double majoring in Film and American Studies. A career spent in media, she worked in motion picture PR at Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures; story development for independent film production companies; and writing as Patricia Manney for the critically acclaimed hit TV shows Hercules — The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. She also co-founded Uncharted Entertainment, writing and/or creating many pilot scripts for television networks, including CBS, Fox, UPN, Discovery, ABC Family and Comedy Central.
Manney lives with her husband in Southern California and is a dual citizen of the US and New Zealand. She is a member of the WGA, SFWA, ITW and PEN America.
Photo: Kevin Warn
IN THE PRESS
“(R)EVOLUTION builds momentum to a rollicking chase through hope and terror, fast-looming biotech, and a tasty-paranoid look at who ‘actually runs’ the USA.”
Author of The Postman and
The Transparent Society
“Manney’s intricate worldbuilding includes... a nation reconstituted from fragments of the former U.S. This near-future science fiction thriller should have broad appeal.”
ESSAYS & ARTICLES
• POPULAR MECHANICS: We Ask 7 Sci-Fi Authors to Write Blade Runner 2
• LIVE SCIENCE: Is Technology Destroying Empathy?
• TOR.COM: Five Books about Human Enhancement
• LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS: Speculating on the Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrencies
Your Story Will Create the Future!
PJ Manney is passionate about articulating and spreading the constructive visions of our possible futures. She has spoken on futurist topics to many organizations, including:
• Los Angeles Public Library
• National Geographic – “Breakthrough” second screen
• StarTalk Radio by Neil deGrasse Tyson
• Huffington Post
• Producers Guild of America
• Directors Guild of America
• University of California Santa Cruz
• Williams College
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
・Technically Human podcast at CalPoly
• Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
• Humanity+ Summit
• Convergence '08
• New York Comic Con
• Nebula Conference
Manney’s talks focus on the future of humanity, human enhancement, future media, and the connection between storytelling, empathy, and technology.