Just finished Charlie Jane Anders newest speculative novel The City in the Middle of the Night and found it to be wholly different though just as enigmatic as her first Nebula award-winning work, All the Birds in the Sky. The highlights for me were the world-building that Anders brought to the planet January and the various settlements and groups of people that inhabit it, as well as the backstory of the mothership and the various ethnic groups who pooled their knowledge to create it. As in her first book, I deeply respected the author’s focus on both human society as well as the larger planetary ecosystem. There was a lot to appreciate in this SciFi novel – characters, setting, themes, issues. My main feeling at the ending was sadness to disengage from these visions of the planet January; images are still resonating in my memory of this beautiful world. Both books are available in our science fiction section.