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. Her 2011 novelette Six Months, Three Days won the 2012 Hugo and was nominated for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. Her 2016 novel All the Birds in the Sky was listed No. 5 on Time magazine's "Top 10 Novels" of 2016, won the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel, the 2017 Crawford Award, and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel; it was also a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Anders has had science fiction published in Tor.com, 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,The Wall Street Journal,Publishers Weekly,San Francisco Bay Guardian,Mother Jones, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has had stories and essays in anthologies such as Sex For America: Politically Inspired Erotica,The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes, and That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation.
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; co-organized the Cross-Gender Caravan, a national transgender and genderqueer author tour; and a Bookstore and Chocolate Crawl in San Francisco. 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 and has been noted for its "free-associative author introductions."
She has been a juror for the James Tiptree Jr. Award and for the Lambda Literary Award. She formerly published the satirical website godhatesfigs.com which was featured by the Sunday Times as website of the week.
Anders was the founder and co-editor, with Annalee Newitz, of the science fiction blog io9, a position she left in April 2016 to focus on novel writing.
A television adaptation of Anders' Six Months, Three Days was being prepared for NBC in 2013, with the script written by Eric Garcia.
In 2014, Tor Books acquired two novels from Anders. The first of these, All the Birds in the Sky, was published in 2016.
As a gameshow contestant, Anders won $1,000 on To Tell the Truth.
In 2007, Anders brought attention to the policy of a San Francisco bisexual women's organization called "The Chasing Amy Social Club" that she felt was discriminatory, as it specifically barred preoperative transgender women from membership.
Anders is transgender. Since 2000, Anders has been the partner of author Annalee Newitz. The couple co-founded other magazine.
Anders has sensory integration disorder.
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- ^ ab"Nebula Awards 2017". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus. Archived from the original on May 23, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
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- ^"Can science fiction be literature?". Salon Futura. February 4, 2011.
- ^Shea, Christopher (February 6, 2012). "Curious New Media Views of Autism". The Wall Street Journal.
- ^Jasper, Josh (October 6, 2009). "io9's Charlie Jane Anders Is Wrong, but in an Interesting Way". Publishers Weekly.
- ^Anders, Charlie Jane (November 28, 2007). "Buy local, Give your loved ones a taste of the Bay Area lit scene". San Francisco Bay Guardian.
- ^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 2015-04-16.
- ^Anders, Charlie (9 April 2006). "Brutal, honest memoir of sex and queerness". SFGATE.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^Kiefer, Jonathan (21 February 2008). "Sex for America. Even Sacramento". Sacramento News-Review. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^Subramanian, Aishwarya (8 May 2011). "McSweeney's ingenious, singular wit makes this difficult to hate". Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^Sycamore, Matt Bernstein (2004). That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Soft Skull Press. ISBN 9781932360561.
- ^Marech (2004).
- ^"More Preview". Montpelier Times-Argus. 18 March 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
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- ^Karp, Evan (11 February 2010). "Variety-show reading series Writers With Drinks". SFGATE.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^Karp, Evan (8 April 2011). "Writers With Drinks Celebrates 10th Anniversary Saturday". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^Anders, Charlie. "God Hates Figs". Godhatesfigs.com. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
- ^"This Life". Sunday Times (London). August 6, 2000.
- ^Anders, Charlie Jane (30 April 2016). "io9 Was Founded on the Idea That Science Fiction Belongs to Everyone". io9. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- ^Andreeva, Nellie (27 September 2013). "NBC Nabs Light Procedural Produced By Krysten Ritter & David Janollari". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
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- ^Bussel, Rachel Kramer (3 April 2002). "Charles Anders interview". Clean Sheets. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^Cassell, Heather (23 August 2007). "Bi social club bars some trans women". The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^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
- ^Marech (2004): "Anders and Newitz have been a couple for four years."
- ^Dodero, Camille (14–20 November 2003). "The New Outcasts". Boston Phoenix.
- ^Marech, Rona (31 August 2004). "A pop culture magazine for freaks and 'new outcasts', Other journal is pro-rant, pro-loopy and pro-anarchy". SFGate.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- ^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
- ^Cerna, Antonio Gonzalez (9 April 2005). "Past Winners & Finalists: 18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11.
- ^"The IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award Past Winners | International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts". www.fantastic-arts.org. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
I'm the author of All the Birds in the Sky, coming out in late January 2016.
And I’m probably the only person to have become a fictional character in a Star Trek novel and in one of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City books.
I'm also the editor of io9.com, where I’m probably best known for my reviews of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Last Airbender. Or for my Game of Thrones recaps. Or for my writing advice columns. Or my in-depth investigation of people who claim HIV doesn’t cause AIDS. Or my geeky articles about topics like the search for a cure for cancer, or how Leonard Nimoy changed everything, or how the TV show Star Blazers helped me deal with being bullied.
I won the Emperor Norton Award, for “extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason.”
I have published a ton of short fiction – way over 100 short stories at this point. I’ve stopped counting. My stories have appeared in Tor.com, Lightspeed Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, 3 AM Magazine, Flurb.net, Monkey Bicycle, Pindeldyboz, Instant City, Broken Pencil, and in tons and tons of anthologies. One year, I was in one of the Year’s Best SF anthologies and in Best Lesbian Erotica at the same time. My novelette “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo Award and was shortlisted for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards. My novel Choir Boy won a Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edmund White Award.
I organize Writers With Drinks, which is a monthly reading series here in San Francisco that mashes up a ton of different genres. Every month, I make up weird fictional bios for the readers and performers, and nobody’s sued yet. Readers/performers at Writers With Drinks have included the aforementioned Armistead Maupin, plus Mary Gaitskill, Amy Tan, Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Dorothy Allison, W. Kamau Bell, Luis Alberto Urrea, Ruth Ozeki, Ishmael Reed, Karen Joy Fowler, Maureen McHugh and just countless others. The SF Chronicle did a really nice article about Writers With Drinks.
Back in 2007, Annalee Newitz and I put out a book of first-person stories by female geeks called She’s Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology and Other Nerdy Stuff. There was a lot of resistance to doing this book, because nobody believed there was a market for writing about female geeks. Also, Annalee and I put out a print magazine called other, which was about pop culture, politics and general weirdness, aimed at people who don’t fit into other categories. To raise money for other magazine, we put on events like a Ballerina Pie Fight – which is just what it sounds like.
I used to live in a Buddhist nunnery, when I was a teenager. I love to do karaoke. I eat way too much spicy food. I hug trees and pat stone lions for luck. I talk to myself way too much when I’m working on a story.