Press & Publicity

Speaking at the Anime Chicago 2015 Symposium "Osamu Tezuka God of Manga" photo credit Gabriel Marchan
Anime Chicago 2015 Symposium “Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga” photo credit Gabriel Marchan.

I welcome any and all inquiries (interviews, general press, work-related) about any of my research, teaching, fiction writing, composing and performing, and my work as an administrator of and enthusiast of manga, anime and convention staffing.

I can be reached at

Please direct fiction publishing inquiries to my agent Cameron McClure of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Direct music-related inquiries to

Below are several copy-pastable short bios, along with usable photos of myself.  Feel free to use the bios in their entirety, or to edit or excerpt them to fit your needs.

Adas rooftop florence

General, Fiction First:

Ada Palmer’s first science fiction novels Too Like the LightningSeven Surrenders, and The Will to Battle (volumes 1-3 of Terra Ignota, from Tor Books) explore how humanity’s cultural and historical legacies might evolve in a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. She teaches in the University of Chicago History Department, studying the Renaissance, Enlightenment, classical reception, the history of books, publication and reading, censorship and information control, and the history of philosophy, heresy, science, atheism. She is the author of Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Harvard University Press). She often researches in Italy, usually in Florence or at the Vatican. She composes fantasy, SF and mythology-themed music, including the Viking mythology musical stage play Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok (available on CD and DVD), and often performs at conventions with her vocal group Sassafrass. She also researches anime/manga, especially Osamu Tezuka, early post-WWII manga and gender in manga, and has worked as a consultant for many anime and manga publishers. She blogs for, and writes the philosophy & travel blog

100 Words, Fiction First:

Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota series (Tor Books) explores a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. The first volume Too Like the Lightning was a Best Novel Hugo finalist, and won the Compton Crook Award, while Ada received the Campbell Award. She teaches history at the University of Chicago, studying the Renaissance, Enlightenment, heresy, atheism, and censorship. She composes music including the Viking mythology cycle Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, and performs with the group Sassafrass. She studies anime/manga, especially Osamu Tezuka, post-WWII manga and feminist manga, and consults for anime and manga publishers. She blogs at

200 Words, History First:

Ada Palmer is a cultural and intellectual historian focusing on radical thought and the recovery of the classics in early modern Europe, especially the Italian Renaissance. An Associate Professor in the History Department with affiliations in Classics, Gender Studies, and the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, she works on the history of science, religion, heresy, freethought, atheism, censorship, books, printing, and the networks of money and power that enable cultural production. Her current research focuses on censorship during information revolutions, and how studying the print revolution can help lawmakers and corporations make wiser choices during the digital revolution, and her first academic book Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (2014) explores the impact of the rediscovery of classical atomism on the birth of modern thought. She is also a science fiction and fantasy novelist, author of the award-winning Terra Ignota series beginning with Too Like the Lightning (Tor Books), which explores a twenty-fifth civilization of voluntary citizenship and borderless nations, written in the a style of an eighteenth-century philosophical novel. She is also a composer, studies anime and manga, works as a consultant for anime and manga publishers, blogs for, and writes the philosophy and travel blog

BESTSummer2010 FixedAcademic Only:

Ada Palmer is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Chicago. She is a cultural and intellectual historian focusing on long-durée intellectual history and the recovery of classical thought in the Italian Renaissance. Her current research focuses on . Her published monograph, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, uses Renaissance manuscript and print editions of Lucretius’ Epicurean didactic epic De Rerum Natura to expose how humanist reading practices controlled the distribution of newly-rediscovered radical ancient philosophy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and how this affected the capacity of classical radicalism to influence scientific and religious thought at the dawn of the modern era. Much of her research has been conducted in rare books libraries, especially in Rome and Florence, where she worked with Renaissance copies of classical texts, both manuscripts and printed books. She has been a Fulbright scholar in Italy, a fellow at the Villa I Tatti Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and an ACLS fellow. Her 2012 article “Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance” won the 2013 I Tatti Prize for Best Article by a Junior Scholar and the Selma V. Forkosch prize for the best article published in the Journal of the History of Ideas.

Brief academic:

Ada Palmer is a cultural and intellectual historian focusing on radical thought and the recovery of the classics in the Italian Renaissance. She works on the history of science, religion, heresy, freethought, atheism, censorship, books, printing, and on patronage and the networks of power and money that enabled cultural creation in early modern Europe. She teaches in the History Department at the University of Chicago, and her first book is Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance.

With my singing partner Lauren Schiller, as "Sassfrass Triskter & King" in WalesMusic focused:

Ada Palmer is the primary composer for Sassafrass. Sassafrass began at Bryn Mawr College as a way of escaping the monotonous  pop music performed by all the other singing groups. It was inevitably drawn into filk since all the members were already fans. Ada herself had been attending cons since middle school when her father started taking her to Dr. Who conventions, but Balticon gets credit for getting her and Sassafrass into a filk circle for the first time; Sassafrass’s song, “Somebody Will”, a space-themed exploration single from Sassafrass’s Friend in the Dark album, has been nominated for Pegasus’s Best Filk Song in 2011, 2012, and 2015.   Because Ada studied a lot of music theory and especially Renaissance music, her compositions tend to be multi-part a cappella, with Renaissance, Medieval and, often, modal harmonies. Ada’s most recent project is a Viking-themed album “Sundown”, whose songs, when put together, tell the story of the creation and destruction of the Norse cosmology focusing on the murder of Baldur. Ada and Sassafrass have traditionally been most active on the East Coast, but the job market has taken Sassafrass members all over the country, so now they perform in a lot of unpredictable venues; they recently performed at Worldcon 2015 and Mythcon, and have completed a successful Kickstarter to raise funding for the upcoming Friend in the Dark.

TezukaProInterviewAnime & Manga focused:

Ada Palmer is the founder of, now the primary English language web resource for information about Osamu Tezuka’s life, works and international publication history.  She has worked as a consultant for Tezuka Productions and numerous American manga and anime publishers.  She blogs about anime and manga for, and wrote a bi-weekly column on manga, cosplay, fashion and otaku culture for (2005-2007).  She has also worked as an Historical and Linguistic Consultant for FUNimation, and was a Mythology and Language Consultant for ADV Films (2005-9) and an Anime Network Field Representative (2004-6). Her work on manga has also brought her into the cosplay world, where she creates and competes, but usually runs, cosplay events. She has staffed many conventions, and for nine years has overseen cosplay events at Anime Boston, running their Masquerade and other events including her signature Cosplay Human Chess. Ada has made Anime Boston a trendsetter in the cosplay world, creating new events like the Anime Dating Game, and setting a record for the most cosplay events at any convention worldwide, with thirteen separate events and activities designed for types of costumers and cosplayers.