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The City in the Middle of the Night

The City in the Middle of the Night

Charlie Jane Anders

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“A breathtaking work of imagination and storytelling... making the case for Anders as this generation’s LeGuin.” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

From Charlie Jane Anders, the Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of All the Birds in the Sky, comes The City in the Middle of the Night—a far future novel of a colonized world affixed into timeless regions of day and night, and of the woman caught between humanity’s light and darkness…

January is a dying planet, where the tidal-locked sun never sets, incurring a frigid darkness anywhere the burning light fails to touch. The human race clings to life in two great cities in the dim space between extremes--but the cities themselves have begun to crumble, and society is becoming as unforgiving and hostile as the environment around them.

Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, becomes suddenly a pariah, sacrificed to the night, saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice. But her fate is not yet written, and Sophie's ensuing journey will not only lead her to her true purpose, but change the entire world.

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Praise for The City in the Middle of the Night

Praise for The City in the Middle of the Night

One of America’s most inventive writers has done it again: [The] City in the Middle of the Night is a breathtaking work of imagination and storytelling, set in a world of originality, intelligence and empathy. Each page holds wonders, making the case for Anders as this generation’s LeGuin.”
—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

I'm astounded by Charlie Jane Anders' imaginative powers and the scope of her storytelling. The City in the Middle of the Night posits not only what life might be like for a human colony on an inhospitable planet, it also gets at the big topics that have occupied humans since, well, we began writing stories: where do we fit in, and what draws one person to another, and how is it that loneliness can burrow so deep? Again and again, I was struck by the richness of this world and the people in it. A stunning novel.”
—Edan Lepucki, author of Woman No. 17

The City in the Middle of the Night is a wildly inventive, inventively radical, and radically subtle mad rush of a novel. Sophie and Mouth won my heart ten times on every page. Charlie Jane Anders is always a surprising writer; she offers so many twists and delights that at the end of this book I felt rather dizzy and very happy.”
—Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Praise for The City in the Middle of the Night

One of America’s most inventive writers has done it again: [The] City in the Middle of the Night is a breathtaking work of imagination and storytelling, set in a world of originality, intelligence and empathy. Each page holds wonders, making the case for Anders as this generation’s LeGuin.”
—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

I'm astounded by Charlie Jane Anders' imaginative powers and the scope of her storytelling. The City in the Middle of the Night posits not only what life might be like for a human colony on an inhospitable planet, it also gets at the big topics that have occupied humans since, well, we began writing stories: where do we fit in, and what draws one person to another, and how is it that loneliness can burrow so deep? Again and again, I was struck by the richness of this world and the people in it. A stunning novel.”
—Edan Lepucki, author of Woman No. 17

The City in the Middle of the Night is a wildly inventive, inventively radical, and radically subtle mad rush of a novel. Sophie and Mouth won my heart ten times on every page. Charlie Jane Anders is always a surprising writer; she offers so many twists and delights that at the end of this book I felt rather dizzy and very happy.”
—Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

"The City In The Middle of the Night reads like a classic from another timeline; it's the kind of pure, high-concept, far-future science fiction that presses all my buttons.... This book has notes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Philip Pullman transposed onto a wholly original alien world inhabited by a species whose minds (and tentacles) I'll be thinking about for a long time to come.”
—Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

The City In The Middle of the Night does everything right. The world is so strange and so familiar. The characters are beautiful and ugly and flawed and perfect. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat. Charlie Jane Anders has imagined a future for all of us and does not shy away or sugar coat what that means. It is a tender, quiet, introspective, brash and loud tale of revolution and love. The journey you go on is so vast that you lose track of time and come out a changed person at the end. At once more human and more alien. The point is I fucking love this book. It is really, really breathtaking. Thank you for letting me read it”
—Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton” actor and producer of “Blindspotting”

"A tale that unfolds with precision, presenting wholly original ideas, new and beautiful life forms, and chillingly extrapolated and corrupt societies. I highly recommend [it]. "
—Anthony Rapp, author and actor

Praise for All the Birds in the Sky

"The very short list of novels that dare to traffic as freely in the uncanny and wondrous as in big ideas—I think of masterpieces like The Lathe of Heaven; Cloud Atlas; Little, Big—has just been extended by one."—Michael Chabon

“What a magnificent novel—a glorious synthesis of magic and technology, joy and sorrow, romance and wisdom. Unmissable.” —Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

“Into each generation of science fiction/fantasydom a master absurdist must fall, and it’s quite possible that with All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders has established herself as the one for the Millennials...highly recommended.” —N. K. Jemisin, The New York Times Book Review

"Charlie Jane Anders has entwined strands of science and fantasy, both as genres and as ways of experiencing life, into a luminous novel." —John Hodgman

"Has the hallmarks of an instant classic." —Los Angeles Times

“Genius....My fave read this year.” —Margaret Cho

“Do yourself a favor and go pick up All The Birds in the Sky! You will lurve it.” —Amber Benson

“Thoughtful and hip and fantasy and sci-fi all wrapped up. A+.” —Felicia Day

“Everything you could ask for in a debut novel — a fresh look at science fiction’s most cherished memes, ruthlessly shredded and lovingly reassembled.” —Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“Read it immediately. Thank me later.” —Laurie Penny

“It’s fantastic when someone who is so important in the scifi world can flat-out write as well as critique and analyze.” —Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Alive

“The craziest thing about Charlie Jane Anders’ book is how it remains so intimate and accessible despite genre jumping. All the Birds in the Sky moves from a coming of age story to a millennial romance and then a dystopia — and it’s filled with so much of the uncanny. That includes, but is not limited to, a shapeshifting teacher, talking birds and an anti-gravity gun...A truly fun read.” —New York Daily News

“A fairy tale and an adventure rolled into one, All the Birds in the Sky is a captivating novel that shows how science and magic can be two sides of the same coin.” —The Washington Post
“Anyone suffering from midwinter blues should read Charlie Jane Anders’s between-categories fantasy All the Birds in the Sky. The scenario is (almost) Harry Potter, the tone is (quite like) Kurt Vonnegut, the effect is entirely original.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Heartfelt, ambitious, and dynamic. Fantastic stuff.” —Financial Times

“Imagine that Diana Wynne Jones, Douglas Coupland and Neil Gaiman walk into a bar and through some weird fusion of magic and science have a baby. That offspring is Charlie Jane Anders’ lyrical debut novel All the Birds in the Sky.” —Independent

“Highly readable and imaginative, All the Birds in the Sky will sing to Philip Pullman fans.” —Mail on Sunday

“An entertaining and audacious melding of science, magic, and just plain real life that feels perfectly right for our time.” —BuzzFeed, “5 Great Books to Read in February”

“Like the work of other 21st century writers — Kelly Link and Lev Grossman come immediately to mind — All the Birds in the Sky serves as both a celebration of and corrective to the standard tropes of genre fiction. [...] Like William Gibson, Anders weaves a thrilling, seat-of-the-pants narrative with a compelling subtext.” —Elizabeth Hand, Los Angeles Times

“Two crazy kids, one gifted in science, the other in magic, meet as children, part and meet again over many years. Will they find love? Will they save the world? Or will they destroy it and everyone in it? Read Anders lively, wacky, sexy, scary, weird and wonderful book to find the answers.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

"Impossibly hip fiction with the voice and cultural inflections of the millennials.... Often quirky and amusing but rising to encompass a moral seriousness and poignancy...an engaging book." —The Sydney Morning Herald

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Charlie Jane Anders

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS is the former editor-in-chief of io9.com, the extraordinarily popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her SF and fantasy debut novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the 2017 Nebula Awards for Best Novel and was a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award's Best Novel category. Her Tor.com story "Six Months, Three Days" won the 2013 Hugo Award. She has also had fiction published by McSweeney's, Lightspeed, and ZYZZYVA. Her journalism has appeared in Salon, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and many other outlets.

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