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Rock Manning Goes for Broke (preorder)

Rock Manning Goes for Broke (preorder)

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Rock Manning Goes for Broke Signed Lettered Edition (preorder)

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Rock Manning Goes for Broke Signed Limited Edition (preorder)

Subterranean Press is proud to present Rock Manning Goes for Broke, a major new novella by Charlie Jane Anders, whose first novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the Nebula, Locus, and Crawford awards, and was on Time Magazine’s list of the 10 best novels of 2016.


(preorder—to be published in September)

Dust jacket illustration by Carolyn Nowak. 

Subterranean Press is proud to present Rock Manning Goes for Broke, a major new novella by Charlie Jane Anders, whose first novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the Nebula, Locus, and Crawford awards, and was on Time Magazine’s list of the 10 best novels of 2016.

Please Note: Customers may order as many copies of the numbered edition as they like, but households are limited to one copy of the lettered edition.

About the Book:

Vikings vs. Steampunks! Ice cream sundae hearse disasters! Roman gladiators meet vacuum-cleaner salesmen! Inappropriate uses of exercise equipment and supermarket trolleys! Unsupervised fires, and reckless destruction of public property! Nothing is off limits.

Rock Manning lives and breathes slapstick comedy, and his whole life is an elaborate tribute to the masters, like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan. With his best friend, Sally Hamster, he creates joyfully chaotic short movies that are full of mayhem and silliness.

But Rock and Sally are becoming famous at a time of unrest, when America's economy has collapsed and people are taking refuge in highly addictive drugs. America's youth are being drafted to take part in endless wars against imaginary enemies overseas, while at home, a fascist militia known as the Red Bandanas is rising to power. As America becomes more mired in violence and destruction, Rock Manning's zany comedy films become the escapist fun that everybody needs.

Over-the-top physical comedy and real-life brutality collide, as Rock and Sally find themselves unable to avoid getting sucked into the slow implosion of their country. The Red Bandanas want Rock Manning to star in propaganda films promoting their movement, and soon Rock and Sally are at the center of the struggle for the soul of America. The trauma and death that Rock witnesses begin to take a toll on him.

When a botched weapon test plunges the world into deeper chaos, Rock and Sally must confront once and for all the outer limits of comedy.

Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a  custom traycase


Praise for All the Birds in the Sky:

From Publishers Weekly:

“A friendship between two adolescent misfits is the catalyst for an apocalyptic reckoning in Anders’s clever and wonderfully weird novel.”

From NPR:

“The book is full of quirkiness and playful detail...but there’s an overwhelming depth and poignancy to its virtuoso ending.”

From Michael Chabon:

“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.”

From Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians:

“What a magnificent novel―a glorious synthesis of magic and technology, joy and sorrow, romance and wisdom. Unmissable.”

From N. K. Jemisin, The New York Times Book Review:

“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.”

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Has the hallmarks of an instant classic.”

From Felicia Day:

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

From Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing:

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

From Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Alive:

“It’s fantastic when someone who is so important in the scifi world can flat-out write as well as critique and analyze.”

From the New York Daily News:

“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.”

From the Washington Post:

“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.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

“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.”

From the Financial Times:

“Heartfelt, ambitious, and dynamic. Fantastic stuff.”

From the Independent:

“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.”

From the Mail on Sunday

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

From Buzzfeed:

“An entertaining and audacious melding of science, magic, and just plain real life that feels perfectly right for our time.”

From Elizabeth Hand, Los Angeles Times:

“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.”

From Karen Joy Fowler:

“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.”

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

“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.”

Praise for Six Months, Three Days, Five Others:

The title story, “Six Months, Three Days” is the winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, and was nominated for the 2011 Nebula Award and 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Award.

From Rachel Swirsky, Locus:

“Charlie Jane Anders is ridiculously brilliant.”

Additional Information

Free Shipping for Select Preorders Yes
Binding Hardcover
Type Novella
Edition Deluxe Limited
ISBN 978-1-59606-878-0
Year 2018
Month September
Print Status Pre-Order
Shippable Yes
Shipping Class Preorder



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