PJ Manney | ABOUT PJ MANNEY - PJ Manney


“The only way to soften future shock is to tell stories. It places the audience inside a relatable big picture, which creates empathy. And empathy is necessary, especially with the big changes in humanity that are coming.”

PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated SF novel, (R)EVOLUTION, released 6/1/15 by 47North/Amazon Publishing in the Phoenix Horizon series, as well as upcoming book two, (ID)ENTITY, release date 10/10/17. She is a former chairperson of Humanity Plus, helping rebrand the organization, launch H+ Magazine and organize the first multi-org conference on futurist topics, Convergence ’08. She 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 webshows including StarTalk, The World Transformed, Singularity 1on1 and Amazing Mind, and has had articles published in BoingBoing, Live Science and Tor.com. She 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.

She is presently writing Phoenix Horizon book three, (CON)SCIENCE. She lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, California.