VanderMeer Books in 2010 and 2011

Jeff VanderMeer • January 15th, 2010 @ 9:42 am • News

I don’t have a new novel out in 2010—I haven’t even really thought about writing the next one yet—but Ann and I have a bunch of books coming out in 2010-2011. Not on this list is a book version of “The Three Quests of the Wizard Sarnod,” since the details on that are still iffy. (Breaking news: “new” Gormenghast novel!)

February 2010
The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals (Tachyon Publications) – Ann and I wrote this together, and the book also includes Ann’s interview with Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes. It’s the perfect little hardcover gift book for fantasy lovers, Jews with a sense of humor (there are many), those who love off-beat books about food/cooking, and general readers as well. Jewcy.com and Forward have both done preview features on the book.

Best American Fantasy 3: Real Unreal, guest edited by Kevin Brockmeier (Underland Press) – We really didn’t have anything to do with putting this volume together (thank Kevin and then-series editor Matt Cheney), but as founders of the series we will be involved in getting the word out. With stories by established writers, such as Peter S. Beagle, Laura Kasischke, Jeffrey Ford, and Lisa Goldstein, alongside tales by brilliant newcomers like Kellie Wells, Thomas Glave, Ryan Boudinot, and Rebecca Makkai, Real Unreal delivers a richly diverse experience of contemporary fiction.

May 2010
The Third Bear (Tachyon Publications) – My second major short story collection features the title story along with all of my best fiction from the past five years, including a new story, “The Quickening.” (Possible this is actually coming out in July.)

June 2010
Monstrous Creatures (Guide Dog Press) – My second major nonfiction collection, with reviews, essays, and articles, pulled from my work for Omnivoracious, the New York Times, Washington Post, etc. (Assuming I turn the darn thing in on time.)

The Leonardo Variations (Ministry of Whimsy) – With any luck, we’ll finally get this charity anthology for Clarion San Diego published. It features student writing and nonfiction from instructors. We planned to do it last year but found that doing two charity anthos in one year was beyond us time-wise and financially, given I live off of the writing and editing.

July 2010
Booklife (A&C Black) – The UK edition of Booklife will be released over the summer.

The Situation Web Comic (Tor.com) – Okay, so this collaboration with artist Eric Orchard isn’t technically a book, but it’s a substantial project and should be up on the Tor site by the summer.

August 2010
Finch (Grove Atlantic) – The UK edition of the novel that made the year’s best lists of the Washington Post, Barnes & Noble Review, Wall Street Journal, etc., will appear in August. New blurbs from Lev Grossman and Warren Ellis, too.

September 2010
Steampunk Reloaded (Tachyon Publications) – The “sequel” to the first Steampunk reprint anthology, but primarily focusing on the last decade. Contents are shaping up nicely, and include work by Cherie Priest, Catherynne M. Valente, Daniel Abraham, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Margo Lanagan, Gail Carriger, Jake von Slatt, etc. Plenty of surprises here, so stay tuned.

November 2010
XXXXXX????? (Grove Atlantic) – A project we’ll formally announce in the next couple of weeks.

Spring 2011
The Steampunk Bible (Abrams Image) – This amazing 7 x 10 coffee table book will be a definitive overview of Steampunk in image and text. Ably assisted by S.J. Chambers on this one.

Best American Fantasy 4: Invisible Borders (Underland Press) – Guest-edited by Minister Faust and with series editor Larry Nolen and Latin American consultant Fabio Fernandes on board, BAF will soldier on. Ann and I will be serving in an administrative and

Summer 2011
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (HarperCollins) – Edited by Ann and me, this follow-up to The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases will feature, among others, Mike Mignola, Alan Moore, China Mieville, Cherie Priest, and Naomi Novik. A more integrated combination of text and image than even the fake disease guide, this new anthology will combine the quirkiness of the original with actual full-on short stories.

4 Responses to “VanderMeer Books in 2010 and 2011”

  1. brendan connell says:

    Just curious: is the Best of Leviathan still something in the works?

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    It is, but we’d prefer to put it out in conjunction with Leviathan 5, which we’ve had to postpone until 2011, in terms of the reading period. If we have to postpone Lev5 even further, then we’ll just come out with the best-of anyway.

    Two factors: (1) I’m making my income off of the books now, my own fiction and the anthos, which means we have to spread out projects that we can’t be certain will bring in income and (2) it’s a really conservative period right now. We are doing the most innovative and unique projects we can while operating under those two constraints.

  3. Hellbound Heart says:

    goodness me, and you call this BEING BUSY?
    (it’s a joke, joyce…..)

    peace and love……

  4. Donna Ricci says:

    Jeff, is the Steampunk bible something we can get involved in? We are the first online steampunk clothier and retail shop.

    Thanks!
    -Donna

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