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…