Ada Palmer is a cultural and intellectual historian focusing on radical thought and the recovery of the classics in early modern Europe, especially 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 often does research in Florence and Rome. Her first academic book Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance explores the impact of the rediscovery of classical atomism on the birth of modern thought. Her science fiction novels Too Like the Lightning and Seven Surrenders form a tale of global politics in the year 2454, set in a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance and borderless nations, and written in the a style of an eighteenth-century philosophical novel like Candide. She is also the composer for Sassafrass, an a cappella group performing fantasy, SF and mythology-themed music, whose Viking musical stage play “Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok”. She researches and publishes on anime/manga, has worked as a consultant for various anime and manga publishers, blogs for Tor.com, and writes the philosophy and travel blog ExUrbe.com.
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by Ada Palmer
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