Charlie Jane Anders

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Charlie Jane Anders
Charlie Jane Anders
Charlie Jane Anders
BornUnited States
OccupationWriter, editor, presenter, performance artist, publisher
GenreScience fiction, short story, fiction
Notable worksChoir Boy, All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders is an American writer and commentator. She has written several novels and is the publisher of other magazine, the "magazine of pop culture and politics for the new outcasts". In 2005, she received the Lambda Literary Award for work in the transgender category, and in 2009, the Emperor Norton Award.[1] Her 2011 novelette Six Months, Three Days won the 2012 Hugo[2] and was a finalist for the Nebula[3] and Theodore Sturgeon Awards.[4] Her 2016 novel All the Birds in the Sky was listed No. 5 on Time magazine's "Top 10 Novels" of 2016,[5] won the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel,[6] the 2017 Crawford Award,[7] and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel;[8] it was also a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[9] With her partner Annalee Newitz, she won the 2019 Hugo “Best Fancast” Award for their podcast “Our Opinions Are Correct“.


Anders has had science fiction published in, Strange Horizons, and Flurb. Additional (non-science-fiction) literary work has been published in McSweeney's and ZYZZYVA. Anders's work has appeared in Salon,[10] The Wall Street Journal,[11] Publishers Weekly,[12] San Francisco Bay Guardian,[13] Mother Jones,[14] and the San Francisco Chronicle.[15] She has had stories and essays in anthologies such as Sex For America: Politically Inspired Erotica,[16] The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes,[17] and That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation.[18]

In addition to her work as an author and publisher, Anders is also a longtime event organizer. She organized a "ballerina pie fight" in 2005 for other magazine;[19] co-organized the Cross-Gender Caravan, a national transgender and genderqueer author tour;[20] and a Bookstore and Chocolate Crawl in San Francisco.[21] She emcees an award-winning monthly reading series "Writers with Drinks", a San Francisco-based event begun in 2001 that features authors from a wide range of genres[22] and has been noted for its "free-associative author introductions."[23]

She has been a juror for the James Tiptree Jr. Award and for the Lambda Literary Award. She formerly published the satirical website[24] which was featured by the Sunday Times as website of the week.[25]

Anders was the founder and co-editor, with Annalee Newitz, of the science fiction blog io9,[1] a position she left in April 2016 to focus on novel writing.[26]

A television adaptation of Anders' Six Months, Three Days was being prepared for NBC in 2013, with the script written by Eric Garcia.[27]

In 2014, Tor Books acquired two novels from Anders,[28] All the Birds in the Sky (2016) and The City In the Middle of the Night (2019).[29][30]

Personal life[edit]

Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz in 2011

Charlie Jane Anders was born in Connecticut and grew up in Mansfield. She studied English and Asian literature at University of Cambridge, and lived in Hong Kong and Boston before moving to San Francisco, California.[31]

Anders has sensory integration disorder. She credits her special education teacher for inspiring her childhood writing passion.[32]

Since 2000, Anders has been the partner of author Annalee Newitz.[33] The couple co-founded other magazine.[34][35] Since 2018, Anders and Newitz also host the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.[36]

Anders is transgender.[37] In 2007, she brought attention to a discriminatory policy of San Francisco bisexual women's organization, The Chasing Amy Social Club, that specifically barred preoperative transgender women from membership.[38]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Anders participated in the 2018 BookCon conference in New York City.[39] She was Professional Guest of Honor at the 2019 WisCon.



  • Choir Boy. Soft Skull Press 2005. ISBN 978-1-932360-81-3.
  • All the Birds in the Sky. Tor Books 2016. ISBN 978-0-765379-94-8.
  • The City in the Middle of the Night. Tor books 2019. ISBN 9780765379962

Short story collections[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
"The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model" 2010 Anders, Charlie Jane (11 August 2010). "The Fermi Paradox is our business model". Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
"Source Decay" 2011 Anders, Charlie Jane (3 January 2011). "Source Decay". Strange Horizons
"Six Months, Three Days" 2011 Anders, Charlie Jane (8 June 2011). "Six months, three days". Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
  • Some of the Best from 2011 Edition
  • Year's Best SF 17
Novelette; winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette
"Complicated and Stupid" 2013 Anders, Charlie Jane (5 August 2013). "Complicated and Stupid". Strange Horizons.
The Time Travel Club 2013 Anders, Charlie Jane (October–November 2013). "The Time Travel Club". Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (10–11): 20–35. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |authormask= (help) Novelette
Clover 2016 Anders, Charlie Jane (25 October 2016). "Clover". Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
Rock Manning Goes for Broke 2018 Anders, Charlie Jane (2018). Subterranean Press Novella



Critical studies and reviews of Anders' work[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Spotlight on: Charlie Jane Anders, Author, Editor, Blogger, Emcee". Locus Online. Locus Publications. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  2. ^ "2012 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards. 2 September 2012.
  3. ^ "2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists". Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ Begley, Sarah (22 November 2016). "The Top 10 Novels". Time Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Nebula Awards 2017". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 Crawford Award". Locus Online News. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Locus Awards 2017". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  9. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards Finalists Announced". 4 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Can science fiction be literature?". Salon Futura. 4 February 2011.
  11. ^ Shea, Christopher (6 February 2012). "Curious New Media Views of Autism". The Wall Street Journal.
  12. ^ Jasper, Josh (6 October 2009). "io9's Charlie Jane Anders Is Wrong, but in an Interesting Way". Publishers Weekly.
  13. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (28 November 2007). "Buy local, Give your loved ones a taste of the Bay Area lit scene". San Francisco Bay Guardian.
  14. ^ Anders, Charlie (30 July 2007). "Supergirls Gone Wild: Gender Bias In Comics Shortchanges Superwomen". Mother Jones. Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  15. ^ Anders, Charlie (9 April 2006). "Brutal, honest memoir of sex and queerness". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  16. ^ Kiefer, Jonathan (21 February 2008). "Sex for America. Even Sacramento". Sacramento News-Review. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  17. ^ Subramanian, Aishwarya (8 May 2011). "McSweeney's ingenious, singular wit makes this difficult to hate". Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  18. ^ Sycamore, Matt Bernstein (2004). That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Soft Skull Press. ISBN 9781932360561.
  19. ^ Marech (2004).
  20. ^ "More Preview". Montpelier Times-Argus. 18 March 2005. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  21. ^ Werris, Wendy (24 February 2012). "San Francisco Bookstore and Chocolate Crawl Set for Sunday". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  22. ^ Karp, Evan (11 February 2010). "Variety-show reading series Writers With Drinks". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  23. ^ Karp, Evan (8 April 2011). "Writers With Drinks Celebrates 10th Anniversary Saturday". SF Weekly. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  24. ^ Anders, Charlie. "God Hates Figs". Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  25. ^ "This Life". Sunday Times (London). 6 August 2000.
  26. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (30 April 2016). "io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone". io9. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  27. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (27 September 2013). "NBC Nabs Light Procedural Produced By Krysten Ritter & David Janollari". Deadline. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  28. ^ Gallo, Irene (11 March 2014). "Tor Books Announces the Acquisition of Charlie Jane Anders's Novel All the Birds in the Sky". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  29. ^ Jackson, Frannie (20 October 2017). "Exclusive: Tor Teen Acquires a Space Adventure Trilogy by Charlie Jane Anders". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders. Tor, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7653-7996-2". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Charlie Jane Anders: Whimsy Death Match". Locus Online. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  32. ^ How My Special Ed Teacher Turned Me Into A Lifelong Writer, by Charlie Jane Anders, at Buzzfeed; published March 31, 2016; retrieved May 5, 2017
  33. ^ Marech (2004): "Anders and Newitz have been a couple for four years."
  34. ^ Dodero, Camille (14–20 November 2003). "The New Outcasts". Boston Phoenix.
  35. ^ Marech, Rona (31 August 2004). "A pop culture magazine for freaks and 'new outcasts', Other journal is pro-rant, pro-loopy and pro-anarchy". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  36. ^ Rocket, Stubby the (3 April 2018). "Listen to Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz's New Podcast, Our Opinions Are Correct". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  37. ^ Keeping S.F. safe for subversives at Writers With Drinks, by James Maguire, at the San Francisco Chronicle; published December 4, 2014; retrieved July 6, 2017
  38. ^ Cassell, Heather (23 August 2007). "Bi social club bars some trans women". The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  39. ^ Oldweiler, Cory (18 January 2018). "BookCon 2018 to feature Charlie Jane Anders, Seth Dickinson and more sci-fi, thriller writers". amNewYork. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  40. ^ Cerna, Antonio Gonzalez (9 April 2005). "Past Winners & Finalists: 18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013.
  41. ^ "The IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award Past Winners | International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts". Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  42. ^ "Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award 2018 | Science Fiction Awards Database". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  43. ^ 2019 Hugo Awards Announced, by Cheryl Morgan, at; retrieved November 13, 2019
  44. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.

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