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Io9 Logo.png
Web address
Slogan We come from the future[1]
Type of site
Owner Gawker Media
Created by Annalee Newitz (editor)
Launched January 2, 2008
Alexa rank
718 (February 2015)[2]
Current status Active

Io9 is a blog launched in 2008 by Gawker Media.[3] The blog focuses on the subjects of science fiction, fantasy, futurism, science, technology and related areas.

It was founded by Annalee Newitz, a former policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and contributor to Popular Science, Wired, and New Scientist. Other contributors included Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG), Graeme McMillan (Newsarama), Charlie Jane Anders, Meredith Woerner, Alasdair Wilkins, Cyriaque Lamar, Tim Barribeau, Esther Inglis-Arkell, Lauren Davis, Robbie Gonzalez, Keith Veronese, George Dvorsky, and Lynn Peril.[3][4] Between October 2010 and January 2012 io9 hosted the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, produced by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.


Annalee Newitz (2008-2015)

In 2008, shortly after Newitz's project, "other magazine," ceased print publication, Gawker media asked her to start a science and sci-fi blog.[5] In an interview, Newitz explained the significance of the name "io9": "Well, io9s are input-output devices that let you see into the future. They're brain implants that were outlawed because they drove anyone who used one insane. We totally made that (device) up to name the blog. The blog is about looking into the future and science fiction, so we wanted to come up with a fictional name, something that was science fiction."[3] io9's "Explanations" page gives further details on the fictional backstory of these devices.

The blog is indexed by Google News. In February 2010, it was named one of the top 30 science blogs by Michael Moran of The Times' Eureka Zone blog, who wrote, "Ostensibly a blog for science fiction enthusiasts, io9 finds space for pieces on cutting-edge technology, the wilder fringes of astronomy and the more worrying implications of grey goo."[6]

In 2012, io9 created a video series called "io9: We Come From The Future". It had 32 shows from April 13, 2012 through November 16, 2012. It was hosted by Annalee Newitz and Esther Inglis-Arkell. It was shown on the Internet television network Revision3 and on YouTube. The show discussed the latest news in science and science fiction.

Io9 was referenced in the American television series Dollhouse.[7][8]

Charlie Jane Anders (2015-present) - Gizmodo merger

After seven years as head editor, in January 2014 Newitz became the new editor at Gizmodo, while co-founder Anders remained as editor at io9, as part of a plan by Gawker to integrate io9 with Gizmodo. Io9's 11 person staff joined Gizmodo's 22 person staff, under Newitz's overall supervision. One of the reasons for the merger was to better coordinate content: io9 is a science and science fiction blog, while Gizmodo is a technology blog, which resulted in what Gawker assessed as roughly a 12% rate of overlapping content.[9]

Newitz remained as a contributor at io9 in 2014, however she later stated that she grew to dislike managing both sites at once, because it took so much time away from her main passion of writing articles. Therefore, after a nearly eight year run, Newitz retired from both io9 and Gizmodo on November 30, 2015, to take a position as tech culture editor at Anders remained as head editor of io9.[10][11]

The resulting combined news site technically uses the domain name "", though in practice io9 and Gizmodo are still separate subsections, using their old logos on their own specific content. The old "" URL automatically links to the main io9 subpage of "".

Besides Newitz, several other longtime core staff members left their positions at io9 during this transitional time period in 2015. Meredith Woerner departed io9 in May 2015, to write for the Los Angeles Times "Hero Complex" column.[12] Lauren Davis and Robbie Gonzalez left in August 2015: Davis went back to school to complete her MFA, and Gonzalez left for a position at Wired.[13] Of the original contributors in 2008, only Anders remained in 2016, and of the staff in the 2010-2012 era, only Esther Inglis-Arkell remained in 2016. Before Newitz's departure, however, many new contributors were added to io9, including Rob Bricken, Cheryl Eddy, George Dvorsky, Andrew Liptak, Germain Lussier, Ria Misra, James Whitbrook, and Katharine Trendacosta.[14]


  1. Stone, Brad (2008-01-02). "Blogs – Bits – Technology". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wortham, Jenna (2008-01-02). "Gawker Blasts Into Sci-Fi With New Blog, Io9; a Q&A With Editor Annalee Newitz". Wired. Retrieved 2008-06-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Masthead". 2012-01-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Locus Online". 2010-08-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Michael Moran. Eureka's Top 30 Science Blogs, Times Online Eureka Zone blog, Jan 3, 2010
  7. Charlie Jane Anders. "The Truth About Dollhouse's Evil Mastermind", io9, Jan 11, 2010
  8. If anybody is wondering, yes, the @io9 mention in episode 11 is intentional., Twitter, foxdollhouse channel, Jan 12, 2010
  9. Gawker Media merges Gizmodo and io9, names Annalee Newitz editor
  10. I'm Heading Out to the Black. Farewell, io9 and Gizmodo!
  11. Brace Yourselves: io9 and Gizmodo Are Now One Epic Website
  12. I Live, I Die, I Live Again. Goodbye, io9
  13. My God, It's Full of Stars (And Dogs)
  14. We Come From the Future

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