BESTSELLING AUTHOR, SPEAKER, AND FUTURIST
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Philip K. Dick Award Nominated
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated science fiction novel, (R)EVOLUTION, released 6/1/15 by 47North/Amazon Publishing in the Phoenix Horizon trilogy, as well as book two, (ID)ENTITY, and upcoming book three, (CON)SCIENCE.
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.
Manney authored "Why I Believe in Participating in the H+ Future" and "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy," an early work on the neuropsychology of empathy and media.
She has presented her ideas to groups like National Geographic, 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 web shows including StarTalk, The World Transformed, Singularity 1on1, and Amazing Mind, and has had articles published in BoingBoing, Live Science, and Tor.com.
Manney is also the first person to create and transfer a digital autograph for a novel verified by the blockchain.
Manney graduated from Wesleyan University double majoring in Film and American Studies. She has worked for over 25 years in the communications field: 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 and two children in Los Angeles, California.
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THE PHOENIX HORIZON SERIES
ESSAYS & ARTICLES
• POPULAR MECHANICS: We Ask 7 Sci-Fi Authors to Write Blade Runner 2
• UNBOUND WORLDS: How the Blockchain Could Change Everything
• LIVE SCIENCE: Is Technology Destroying Empathy?
• TOR.COM: Five Books about Human Enhancement
• MY BOOKISH WAYS: An interview with PJ Manney, author of (R)EVOLUTION
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.”
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:
• University of California Santa Cruz
• Williams College
• National Geographic – “Breakthrough” second screen
• StarTalk Radio by Neil deGrasse Tyson
• Huffington Post
• Producers Guild of America
• Directors Guild of America
• Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
• Humanity+ Summit
• Convergence '08
• New York Comic Con
• MidAmeriCon II/Worldcon
Manney’s talks focus on the future of humanity, human enhancement, future media, and the connection between storytelling, empathy, and technology.