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Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is an American author and blogger. Her science-fiction stories have been published by, Strange Horizons and Flurb, among others.

Her 2011 novelette Six Months, Three Days won the 2012 Hugo and was nominated for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. Her YA novel Choir Boy won a Lambda Literary Award in 2005 and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award. Shes also the co-editor of Shes Such A Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology And Other Nerdy Stuff.

She published the indy mag other magazine and organizes the award-winning Writers With Drinks reading series.

Her writing has appeared in, Pindeldyboz,, the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Paraspheres: New Wave Fabulist Fiction, Strange Horizons, ZYZZYVA, Space & Time, and other publications.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is the managing editor of the science fiction website io9. Her partner Annalee Newitz is the editor-in-chief of io9.

She self-identifies as a trans woman and genderqueer and co-organized the Cross-Gender Caravan, a national transgender and genderqueer author tour.

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Non fiction
James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book nominee (2016) : All the Birds in the Sky
Hugo Best Book nominee (2017) : All the Birds in the Sky
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2017) : All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders recommends
vN (2012)
(Machine Dynasty, book 1)
Madeline Ashby
"If you have been missing the kind of thought-provoking-yet-exciting stories about artificial creatures that only come along once in a while, vN is well worth grabbing. It's disturbing and sometimes upsetting — but the ending is a giant insane weird thrill that makes the whole thing pay off."
A Taste of Honey (2016)
(Sorcerer of the Wildeeps)
Kai Ashante Wilson
"It's great to see a new story that shows that fantasy still has some really fascinating places to go."
The Goblin Crown (2016)
(Billy Smith and the Goblins, book 1)
Robert Hewitt Wolfe
"The Goblin Crown is the smart, morally complex version of the heroic coming-of-age story that you've been waiting for."
Spoonbenders (2017)
Daryl Gregory
"A joyfully weird book about psychics and con artists, and the marvels that result from the intermarriage of the two."
River of Teeth (2017)
(River of Teeth, book 1)
Sarah Gailey
"This hippopotamus epic is just as preposterously fun as you could possibly have hoped but it's also a brave, clever alternate history. River of Teeth packs one hell of a gold-plated bite."
The Tree (2018)
(Wrath & Athenaeum, book 2)
Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
"A whole new exciting kind of portal fantasy."
Girls Burn Brighter (2018)
Shobha Rao
"Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao blew my heart up. Heart-shards everywhere. I am in awe of the warmth and humanity in this book, even as it explores some incredibly dark places. I'm going to be thinking about Girls Burn Brighter for a while, and you're going to be hearing a lot about it."
The Merry Spinster (2018)
Mallory Ortberg
"Mallory Ortberg has a voracious appetite for poison apples, and a genius for finding the places in fairyland where all the bodies are buried. The Merry Spinster will ruin your most-loved fables, in the best possible way."
Annex (2018)
(Violet Wars, book 1)
Rich Larson
"Rich Larson has an amazing knack for capturing the lonesomeness of growing up, and how much random cruelty and steadfast companionship there is in childhood. Not to mention, just how alien and scary families can be."
A Memory Called Empire (2019)
(Teixcalaan, book 1)
Arkady Martine
"In A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine smuggles you into her interstellar diplomatic pouch, and takes you on the most thrilling ride ever. This book has everything I love: identity crises, unlikely romance, complicated politics, and cunning adventurers. Super-fun, and ultra-fascinating."
Miranda in Milan (2019)
Katharine Duckett
"Miranda in Milan is a wondrous tale that turns Shakepeare's world sideways, to reveal everything he left out -- and to show us that the greatest magic comes from claiming your freedom."
Other Words for Smoke (2019)
Sarah Maria Griffin
"A fascinating coming-of-age story...Griffin has a keen eye for the beautiful agony of adolescence, and that’s what makes this book such a compelling read."
Waste Tide (2019)
Chen Qiufan
"Startlingly new... the futuristic vision that everybody needs right now."
Docile (2020)
K M Szpara
Chosen Ones (2020)
Veronica Roth
"Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth is the cure for all those humdrum 'one true savior' narratives. This dark, complex novel rocked my heart and left me with a renewed sense that saving the world is a job that never ends. Roth's version of magic is as flawed and fascinating as her characters, and her story keeps you guessing until the wild conclusion. You'll never look at fantasy heroes the same way again."
The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea (2020)
Maggie Tokuda-Hall
"The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea will take you on the journey of a lifetime. Maggie Tokuda-Hall has created characters I've never seen before, then put them in an adventure that feels more real than real life and twice as unpredictable. I wanted to live in the world of this book forever, and I can't stop obsessing about the rich tapestry of pirates, mermaids, witches, and conniving nobles who inhabit it. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea might just remind you of why you fell in love with adventure in the first place and change how you think about the genre forever. I envy anyone who's getting to experience this incredible book for the first time."

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