Happy birthday to the amazing Charlie Jane Anders

Photo by Tristan Crane

Writer, editor, and commentator Charlie Jane Anders established herself as a major literary forcewith the lauded first novel Choir Boy (2005), which won the prestigious Lambda Literary Award and was an Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction finalist. Her first speculative fiction novel All the Birds in the Sky (2016) won the Nebula, Locus, and Crawford Awards. Time magazine placed the novel at No. 5 on its “Top 10 Novels” of 2016 and later selected it as one of its “100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time.” The City in the Middle of the Night (2019) garnered a Locus Award as well as a Clarke Award nomination. Anders’ has produced two volumes of the young adult series Unstoppable (Victories Greater Than Death [2021; Locus Award winner], Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak [2022; Locus Award winner]).

Anders’ many short stories include the Hugo Award winner “Six Months, Three Days (2011)” and the Sturgeon Award winner “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue (2017).” These and others were collected in Six Months, Three Days, Five Others (2017) and Even Greater Mistakes (2021). In honor of the publisher’s 20th anniversary in 2011, Tachyon produced a chapbook of “Six Months, Three Days.”

Alongside Annalee Newitz, Anders founded the influential and popular blog IO9, started Other magazine, co-edited the anthology She’s Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology & Other Nerdy Stuff (2006), and co-hosts the multi-Hugo award winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. She has been a juror for the Otherwise Award and Lambda Literary Award. Anders emcees and organizes the long-running San Francisco-based monthly reading series “Writers with Drinks.”

Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, Boston Review, Tor.com, Tin House, Teen Vogue, Conjunctions, Wired Magazine, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader, ZYZZYVA, and many others. Her book on writing Never Say You Can’t Survive (2021) won Anders yet another Hugo Award. Her TED Talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” has been viewed more than two million times.

All of us at Tachyon, wish the extraordinary Charlie Jane a happy birthday. Take the day off, will ya. You deserve it!