(? - ) US editor, performance artist and author, her early stories being signed Charles Anders, then Charlie Anders. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Skin Switch" in Maelstrom Speculative Fiction for January 1999 as Charles Anders; her shorter work includes The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model (11 August 2010 Tor.com; 2011 ebook), Six Months, Three Days (June 2011 Tor.com; 2011 ebook) – which won a Hugo as best novelette – Intestate (December 2012 Tor.com; 2012 ebook), The Cartography of Sudden Death (January 2014 Tor.com; 2014 ebook) and As Good As New (10 December 2014 Tor.com; 2014 ebook). Her first novel, Choir Boy (2005), is a nonfantastic anatomy of its twelve-year-old protagonist's attempt to stay a choir boy forever through testosterone-suppressant drugs. Her second novel, All the Birds in the Sky (2016), is not only Equipoisal between sf and fantasy takes on the Near Future, but between Young Adult and adult presentations of story. Its protagonists when young – a girl who talks with animals and a boy who builds a super-Computer capable of Time Travel two seconds into the future – meet again a decade further into a bad world devastated by Climate Change and Pollution. Their solutions to the threatened dying of the world, not easily defined as a war between Magic and science, complexly clash and meet. En passant, an AI – here defined as the focal node of a huge distributed network of sophisticated tablets – interacts with the protagonists of the tale. This novel won a Locus Award as best fantasy and a Nebula as best novel. Though relatively short, Rock Manning Goes for Broke (2018) compactly and comprehensively envisages gonzo life in a Near Future Dystopian America close to a literal balkanization caused by the destruction of the central state (see Economics), and the rise of local tyrannies. Gary K Wolfe (in "Locus Looks at Books", September 2018 Locus) has described the world Anders depicts here as a Comic Inferno gone, as it were, viral. The City in the Middle of the Night (2019), a Far Future Planetary Romance whose complex narrative lines seem driven to explore the amplitude of the setting, complexly depicts the human/Alien civilization built up over many years, dominated by the human survivors of a long long hegira starwards via Generation Starship (see Colonization of Other Worlds). A less gonzo foregrounding of her four protagonists' idiosyncrasies strengthens the tale.
With her partner Annalee Newitz, Anders founded in 2008 – and after Newitz's 2014 move to another journal continues to edit – the sf blog io9.com (see Online Newszines). Her short "Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue" (in Global Dystopias, anth 2017, ed Junot Díaz) won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2018. Anders's and Newitz's Our Opinions Are Correct received a 2019 Hugo as best fancast. [JC]
Charlie Jane Anders
collections and stories
works as editor
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