Feature + Giveaway: ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders

 

Title: All The Birds In The Sky

Author: Charlie Jane Anders

Release Date: January 26th 2016

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy, Sci Fi, Fiction

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Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

 

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ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY is a beautifully written novel that is both fantasy and techno sci fi. The story follows a witch who can talk to birds and a nerdy science geek, outsiders who meet in grade school and rely on one another to make it through the rough world that lays ahead of them. The story then jumps in time and we meet our heroes as adults in a pre-apocalyptic world. Set against the near future Mission District, San Francisco, this story of best friends, enemies, lovers and adults unravels.

Every so often a book comes along that transcends genre and moves into literary territory, marked by the beauty and skill of the writer’s story telling. ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY is one such novel. Tor Books is thrilled to publish this wonderful tale by Charlie Jane Anders, editor-in-chief of io9.com, on January 26, 2016.

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY takes place in a time much like our own, with the psychological realism of Lev Grossman, the near-future savvy of Cory Doctorow and the magic of Jo Walton. It is both fantasy and tech sci-fi, a story of outcasts and insiders and of love and hate. Told in alternating chapters, the story follows the lives of Patricia, a girl that can talk to birds and who, “misplaced herself in the woods over and over, until she knew by heart every way to get lost,” and Laurence, a nerdy science geek who runs away to MIT to watch a DIY spaceship launch into orbit. Outcasts in their middle school, they rely on each other to make it through the rough world of bullies — and a potential assassin who is out to destroy them by turning them on each other.

Fast forward 10-years and we meet our wunderkinds navigating young adulthood in hip, Mission District, San Francisco. He is a rock star techno Silicon Alley prodigy, and she is a magician that secretly repairs the world’s ever-growing ailments. As Laurence and Patricia reconnect, they find themselves getting drawn into the opposite sides of a war between science and magic. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, has brought them together to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY is a story of best friends, enemies, and lovers, as lyrical as it is enchanting. It is sure to be a tour-de-force that will go down in the annals of great genre fiction by one of the most widely read online writers today.

About the author

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS is the editor-in-chief of io9.com, the extraordinarily popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, the mainstream Choir Boy, won the 2006 Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edmund White Award. Her Tor.com story “Six Months, Three Days” won the 2013 Hugo Award and was subsequently picked up for development into a NBC television series. 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.

 

 

 

 


 

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

“Charlie Jane Anders has entwined strands of science and fantasy, both as genres and as ways
of experiencing life, into a luminous novel that reveals the exhilarating necessity of each.”
–John Hodgman

“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’s lively, wacky, sexy, scary, weird and wonderful book to find the
answers.”
–Karen Joy Fowler


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