Annihilation Released February 4: Want to Help? Here’s How

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Cover and interior detail from Annihilation, click for larger version.

“Annihilation is one of a grand writer’s finest and most dazzling books.” —Peter Straub

Annihilation Tour Schedule (Seattle, Portland, San Fran, NYC)
FSG’s Southern Reach/Annihilation page

Some great pre-pub excitement around Annihilation, my new novel, being released in North America February 4. It’s a Publishers Weekly pick of the week and Lydia Millet reviewed it for the LA Times, writing in part, ““A clear triumph for VanderMeer…a compelling, elegant and existential story. The apparent tragedy and freakish ecology of Area X’s blight are quite fascinating, and the solitary voice of its post-humanist narrator is both deeply flawed and deeply trustworthy–a difficult and excellent balance in a novel whose world is built seamlessly and whose symbols are rich and dark.” With a lot more to come.

How You Can Help!

If you like my fiction and want to support Annihilation, here are some of the things you can do to help.

—Buy the book now. You can preorder it on Amazon (where you can also preorder all three books for a very low price) or your preferred bookseller. In fact, FSG has a whole list of bookseller links if you scroll down on this page.

–Buy the book during release week. Here are a few direct sales links:

* Barnes & Noble

* Indiebound

* Powell’s Books

* Amazon.com and Amazon Canada

* Indigo Chapters (Canada)

* Blackstone audio book (read by Carolyn McCormick, who also read The Hunger Games)

—Review the book. Blog, review site, or on social media. Any mention, especially noting whatever you really liked about the book, helps immensely.

—Review it on Amazon. Go to the Amazon sales page for the book and tell other readers what you liked about it. A quick and easy way to help get the word out and create interest.

—Make sure local booksellers carry it.

—Request it from your local library. Making sure your local library knows about Annihilation, which got three starred library journal reviews not only increases library orders but allows multiple people to enjoy the book.

—Spread the word through twitter and facebook. Tell people about the novel through social media, using your favorite link about the book.

More Info on Annihilation and the Southern Reach trilogy

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, which will be published throughout 2014: volume two (Authority) in June, and volume three (Acceptance) in September.

“In much of Jeff VanderMeer’s work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer’s finest and most dazzling books.” —Peter Straub, author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl

“Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent.” —Warren Ellis

“One of those books where it all comes together—the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth.” —Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe

“A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting.” —Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners

“A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it.”—Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls

“The great thing about Annihilation is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates. . . .?I can’t wait for the next one.” —Brian Evenson, author of Last Days

“It’s been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I’m not sure I’ve yet shaken.” —Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

“This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. ?The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X’s mysteries.” —Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy

“After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it’s every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction. . . . Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.” —Kirkus (Starred Review)

“A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is?thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells’ in?The Island of Dr. Moreau?(1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human.?Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy.”?—Heather Paulson, ALA Booklist?(Starred Review)

Jeff VanderMeer Annihilation Book Tour: Seattle, Portland, San Fran, New York

Annihilation is the first in the Southern Reach series, which resolves around mysteries surrounding Area X, a stretch of remote coastline separated from the rest of the world by an invisible border. The secret government agency known as the Southern Reach has been sending in expeditions for over thirty years, with, to say the least, very mixed results. Annihilation is the chronicle of the twelfth expedition, related by an unnamed biologist on the four-woman team. What they find is not what they were expecting…

The novel has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, with glowing blurbs from the likes of Kelly Link, Warren Ellis, Charles Yu, Peter Straub, Kim Stanley Robinson, Matt Bell, Brian Evenson, and Lauren Beukes. The film rights have sold to Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions, and translations are set for more than a dozen countries. The books are published by FSG Originals in the US. You can find more information here.

The Annihilation book tour for February is now pretty much set, and you’ll find the information and necessary links below. Mostly, I’ll be doing readings from Annihilation, but also giving you a taste of the backstory behind the books through a few related anecdotes—you know, the usual: boar chargings, weird dolphins, fake squid. Along with a few snippets from the second book, Authority, presented out of context so you cannot, dear readers, guess any spoilers from them…I know how sneaky you can be.

There may be an informal after-event or two as well—if so, I’ll make those announcements at the readings.

So come out, support your local bookstores, say hi, and have some fun. I love meeting readers and talking about books! The facebook event links below are an easy way to invite your friends, too.

–I’ll also be tweeting and posting on facebook about my adventures on tour.

Feb. 3, 7pm—Seattle, Elliott Bay Bookstore (1521 and 10th Ave)
Elliott Bay website
FSG Facebook event

Feb. 4, 7pm—Portland, Powell’s at Cedar Hills
(3415 SW Cedar Hills, Blvd, Beaverton, OR)
Powell’s website
FSG Facebook event
**Annihilation is a featured Powell’s selection for February

Feb. 8, 7:30pm—San Francisco, Writers With Drinks, with Lucy Corin (3225 22nd St, Make-out Room)
Writers with Drinks Facebook event

Feb. 11, 7pm—San Francisco, City Lights Bookstore (261 Columbus Ave. at Broadway)
City Lights website
FSG Facebook event

Feb. 26—7pm, NYC, Manhattan, McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street)
“In Conversation” with FSG editor Sean McDonald
McNally website
FSG Facebook event

Feb. 27 7pm—NYC, Brooklyn, WORD Bookstore (12 Franklin St)
WORD website
FSG Facebook event

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer–Audiobook Give-Away Contest (read by Carolyn McCormick)

UPDATE FEB 3: Congratulations to contest winners Sandi Kallas, John Wiswell, Analisa Roche, Michael Phillips, Shanna Hughes!!!!!

Want a copy of the awesome Blackstone audiobook for Annihilation, the first book in my Southern Reach trilogy? If you live in the United States, U.S. territories, or the Philippines you are eligible to win.

What’s the novel about? About a new expedition into Area X, a mysterious “pristine wilderness” cut off from the rest of the world for decades; many of the prior expeditions have come to bad ends. The members of the latest expedition are four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist—the de facto leader—and a biologist, the narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

What’s the contest?

–Tell me why you in particular should be added to the expedition going into Area X! Entries should be at least a sentence long but not over 500 words. I will not be checking their truthfulness. POST YOUR ENTRY IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS BLOG ENTRY.

–Residents of the U.S., U.S. territories, and the Philippines are eligible to enter.

–Five winners will be chosen and provided with their own download link.

–The deadline is midnight EST on Wednesday, January 30. (The audiobook is released Feb. 4)

Thanks to Blackstone for sponsoring this great contest. To preorder the audiobook, click here. You can also check out order links for the print version here.

Who is the reader for the Annihilation audiobook? In addition to being the reader for Annihilation and the Hunger Games audiobooks, Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives.

Advance praise for the novel…

“Brilliant…Evocative descriptions…masterful psychological insight, and intellectual observations both profound and disturbing—calling Lovecraft to mind and Borges—VanderMeer unfolds a tale as satisfying as it is richly imagined.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells’ in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it’s every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction…VanderMeer is an expert fearmonger, but his strongest suit, what makes his novel a standout, is his depiction of the biologist…Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

For more cool information on the Southern Reach trilogy, visit FSG’s page.

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February Book Tour Dates for Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation: Seattle, Portland, San Fran, NYC

Yes! I am alive–and will be blogging more frequently.

First, a bit of news: there is a book tour for the FSG edition of Annihilation, first in the Southern Reach trilogy. The pub date is February 4. I’ll be in Seattle at Elliott Bay on the 3rd, Powell’s in Portland on the 4th, San Fran for Writer’s with Drinks on the 8th and then City Lights on the 11th. Then will head over to NYC for an event in Manhattan at McNally-Jackson on the 26th, Word in Brooklyn on the 27th.

You can find all of the details over at the FSG site. (HarperCollins Canada will be releasing the book on the 4th as well, with The Fourth Estate in the UK publishing on Feb. 26.) The two other novels in the series will be released later this year.

FSG also has a great page for the Southern Reach series, featuring a logo and map–and with links to order online.

Tour details for March through the rest of the year I’ll announce soon.

Some advance praise for Annihilation, via three starred reviews in various library journals. It’s also made several lists of books highly anticipated this year.

“Brilliant…Evocative descriptions…masterful psychological insight, and intellectual observations both profound and disturbing—calling Lovecraft to mind and Borges—Vandermeer unfolds a tale as satisfying as it is richly imagined.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells’ in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy.”
Booklist (starred review)

“After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it’s every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction…VanderMeer is an expert fearmonger, but his strongest suit, what makes his novel a standout, is his depiction of the biologist…Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The book also features lovely blurbs from Warren Ellis, Kelly Link, Matt Bell, Lauren Beukes, Charles Yu, and more. And, of course, the books have been optioned by Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions.

A blurb from Peter Straub came in too late for the book cover:

“In much of Jeff VanderMeer’s work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here In Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer’s finest and most dazzling books.” – Peter Straub

P.S. You still have time to enter this HarperCollins Canada contest