Upstream Author: Charlie Jane Anders

Introducing Booksmith's newest Upstream author: Charlie Jane Anders!

Upstream, for the uninitiated, is our ongoing (and ever-growing) effort to partner with local authors to provide an unending supply of signed books available for purchase—without events, lines, or hassle. Order and enjoy. 


front cover of Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane AndersCharlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a new young-adult trilogy, plus the upcoming short story collection Even Greater Mistakes.

Her novel The City in the Middle of the Night came out in 2019 and was named one of the year's best books by the Guardian, Den of Geek, Polygon and Autostraddle, among others, and was optioned for television by Sony and Mom de Guerre Productions. Her 2016 novel, All the Birds in the Sky, was #5 on Time Magazine's list of the year's 10 best novels, and won the Nebula, Locus and Crawford awards. Her first novel, Choir Boy, won a Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edmund White First Novel Award.

Charlie Jane was a founding editor of io9.com, a blog about science fiction and futurism, and went on to become its editor in chief. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, the Boston Review, Tor.com, Tin House, Conjunctions, Wired Magazine, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader, ZYZZYVA, and numerous anthologies and "best of the year" collections. Her novelette "Six Months, Three Days" won a Hugo Award, and her short story "Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue" won a Theodore Sturgeon Award.

Charlie Jane also won the Emperor Norton Award, for "extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason." 

Her TED Talk, "Go Ahead, Dream About the Future" has been viewed more than a million times.

She hostsCharlie Jane Anders by Portraits To The People the long-running monthly reading series Writers With Drinks, in which she makes up fictional bios for the authors (and nobody's sued yet.) Charlie Jane also organizes the Bookstore and Chocolate Crawl, which brings a mob of people to local bookstores to buy tons of books, and eat chocolate along the way. And during the covid-19 crisis, she also helped to organize a series of online fundraisers for local bookstores, at welovebookstores.org. She also helps to organize and co-host the monthly Trans Nerd Meet Up.

Back in the day, Charlie Jane created the satirical website GodHatesFigs.com, which received many "best of the web" awards. She was also part of the editorial staff of Anything That Moves, the influential bisexual magazine, and helped out with many other queer publishing projects including Black Sheets/Black Books. And she also organized tons of events such as the notorious Ballerina Pie Fight—plus an event in a hair salon where people got their hair cut while reading stories about haircuts to an audience.

With Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane co-hosts a podcast about the meaning of science fiction called Our Opinions Are Correct. The podcast has been going strong for two years, and won a Hugo Award for Best Fancast. Anders and Newitz also collaborated on io9, plus an anthology called She's Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology & Other Nerdy Stuff, and a magazine called other magazine.

Charlie Jane hugs trees, and keeps a British penny in her left shoe at all times.


To pre-order a signed copy of Victories Greater Than Death and/or Never Say You Can't Survive, order below and put your request in the comments field. 

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Even Greater Mistakes: Stories By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250766502
Availability: Hard to Find (or) Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Tor Books - November 16th, 2021

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak (Unstoppable #2) By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317391
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Published: Tor Teen - April 5th, 2022

Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable #1) By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317315
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Published: Tor Teen - April 13th, 2021

Never Say You Can't Survive By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250800015
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - August 17th, 2021

The City in the Middle of the Night By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780765379979
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - February 11th, 2020

All the Birds in the Sky By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

Six Months, Three Days, Five Others By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765394897
Availability: Hard to Find (or) Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Tordotcom - October 17th, 2017

She's Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff By Annalee Newitz (Editor), Charlie Anders (Editor) Cover Image
By Annalee Newitz (Editor), Charlie Anders (Editor)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781580051903
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Seal Press - November 13th, 2006