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    Do you like magic? Do you like science fiction? HOW ABOUT BOTH? Anders' debut novel takes place at their intersection, with a high-stakes plot and some really engaging characters. The story follows our protagonists, Patricia and Laurence, each with special talents and each with lonely, frustrating, kind of horrible childhoods. After parting ways in middle school, they reunite as grown-ups working in two very different worlds. I don't want to say too much about the plot specifics -- a big part of the joy of reading this book is watching it get progressively more off-the-rails and wondering, how is Anders going to pull it off? But pull it off she does, and now. 

    — Jenn

    February 2016 Indie Next List

    “All the Birds in the Sky reads like an instant classic. In tackling big questions about what is really important in life and how we are all connected, the novel soars through magic and science, good and evil, and all the shades in between; through the struggles of children against clueless parents, teachers, and spiteful kids; and through the struggles of adults against a heedless society, all with a love story at its heart. Deep, dark, funny, and wonderful!”
    — Sara Hinckley (E), Hudson Booksellers, Newark, NJ


    Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now
    Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel
    Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel

    "The book is full of quirkiness and playful detail...but there's an overwhelming depth and poignancy to its virtuoso ending." --NPR

    From the former editor-in-chief of, a stunning Nebula Award-winning and Hugo-shortlisted novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

    An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups' most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering "wunderkind") may just be in love with each other.

    As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

    In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in a world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

    About the Author

    Before writing fiction full-time, Charlie Jane Anders was for many years an editor of the extraordinarily popular science fiction and fantasy site Her debut novel, the mainstream Choir Boy, won the 2006 Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edmund White Award. Her story "Six Months, Three Days" won the 2013 Hugo Award and was optioned for television. Her debut SFF novel All the Birds in the Sky, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Nebula Award in the Novel category and earned praise from, among others, Michael Chabon, Lev Grossman, and Karen Joy Fowler. She has also had fiction published by McSweeney's, Lightspeed, and ZYZZYVA. Her journalism has appeared in Salon, theWall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and many other outlets.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780765379948
    ISBN-10: 0765379945
    Publisher: Tor Books
    Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
    Pages: 320
    Language: English