The Southern Reach Trilogy: Authority Release Day!

Jeff VanderMeer • May 6th, 2014 • News

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(What is the Séance & Science Brigade? Why is their calling card from tarot? Read the novel to find out. Image by Jeremy Zerfoss.)

This is the release week for my novel Authority, in the US, UK, and Canada! The novel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, has been blurbed by Robin Sloan and Brian Evenson, and made several best-of month and best-of week lists, with many more high-profile reviews to come.

FSG has a great page with the first chapter for your reading pleasure and an interactive map of the island in Area X–go check it out! That page also has a whole list of bookseller links if you scroll down.

Also do not forget the amazing audiobook, narrated brilliantly by Bronson Pinchot! I can’t recommend it enough.

Here’s more about the novel:

After thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X—a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible border and mysteriously wiped clean of all signs of civilization—has been as series of expeditions overseen by a government agency so secret it has almost been forgotten: the Southern Reach. Following the tumultuous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the agency is in complete disarray. John Rodrigues (aka “Control”) is the Southern Reach’s newly appointed head. Working with a distrustful but desperate team, a series of frustrating interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, Control begins to penetrate the secrets of Area X. But with each discovery he must confront disturbing truths about himself and the agency he’s pledged to serve. In Authority, the second volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, Area X’s most disturbing questions are answered… but the answers are far from reassuring.

How You Can Help!

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

—Buy the book now from your preferred bookseller, and preorder the final volume, Acceptance.

–Buy the book during release week. You can find direct sales links here.

—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 Authority, which notonly 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.

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Eric Nyquist and the Southern Reach Series

Jeff VanderMeer • May 2nd, 2014 • Nonfiction

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One of the great joys of having the Southern Reach novels out from FSG has been their commissioning art from Eric Nyquist, with great design work by Charlotte Strick. This week that joy was amplified by getting a kind gift from Eric of one of his original prints and a journal with the interior art from my novel Acceptance on the outside; I’ll be writing my next piece of fiction in this journal, for sure.

The same day, I received from FSG advance reader copies of Acceptance, with his wonderful art. The fresh, clean, crisp, and yet complex nature of this art and the interior front-back cover illustrations has, I think, played a major role in how readers perceive the series. It gives them an entry point that is intriguing and different, but not off-putting.

Two of the interior pieces, pictured below, have been chosen by the best-of anthology American Illustration, as well. And to my mind, the cover of Authority (here as animated gif) is a thing of inspired absurd beauty that perfectly undermines the title, as intended. Authority is out May 6, riding some momentum from being on best-of-month and week lists (like PW’s) and I’m glad that Eric’s art will help readers connect with the novel. While also having its own separate integrity.

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Southern Reach Annihilation Book Tour Schedule: LAT Festival of Books and More

Jeff VanderMeer • April 10th, 2014 • News

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Well, it’s been a ridiculously busy spring, with Annihilation taking off, including a featured review in Entertainment Weekly, and great press in GQ, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Salon.com, and many more. I’ll share links in a separate blog post in a week or so. In the meantime: all three animated gifs for the Southern Reach series!

The next leg of the tour is swiftly approaching, and here are all the details. Authority is out May 6 and Acceptance in early September.

LOS ANGELES

Sat. April 12 at 4:30pm, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (USC Campus)–Panel “Fiction: Outside the Margins,” with Aimee Bender and Karen Joy Fowler. Moderated by Joy Press. Taper Hall, THH 101. Followed by book signing.
–Also catch me at 1pm at Black Clock (booth #121) and 3pm at Skylight (booth #138)
–I’ll be at the LAT book awards Friday night, too.

Mon. April 14 at 7:30pm, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach (2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach CA)–Reading from Annihilation, signing, and discussion. As well as teasers from Authority. Check out their facebook page for the event here.
–From 12 noon to 1pm on April 14, catch me at io9.com, answering questions; their bookclub is discussing Annihilation.

Thurs. April 17 at 7:30pm, California State University Channel Islands (One University Drive, Camarillo, CA, at Del Norte 1500)–“In Other Worlds: An Evening of Fantasy and Science Fiction,” with Jeff VanderMeer, Sofia Samatar, and Nikko Nguyen. Reading and Q&A. Samatar is the 2014 recipient of the Crawford Award for her novel A Stranger in Olondria (published by Small Beer Press).

ARKANSAS

Thurs. April 25 thru Sat. April 26, Arkansas Literary Festival (Main library campus and other venues)–Wonderbook Workshop, discussion of Annihilation (with slideshow), school visit. Check the schedule for my events.

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UPCOMING EVENTS (more info soon, with more events TBA)

May 8–WORD Bookstore tumblr (virtual event; answering questions online)
July 9–Hub City Bookstore (Spartanburg, SC)
July 10–Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh/Durham, NC)
July 12–Malaprop’s (Asheville, NC)
July 15–Hub City Bookstore (introducing Carrie Vaughn; Shared Worlds event; date tentative)
July 25-26–Comic-Con (San Diego; with Ann VanderMeer)
July 30–Mysterious Galaxy (Clarion Writers Workshop event, San Diego, with Ann VanderMeer)
Aug. 14-28–United Kingdom Book Tour (WorldCon, Edinburgh, Bath, and more; with Ann VanderMeer)
Aug. 29—31, Decatur Book Festival
Aug. 31–Blue Train Books event (Hogansville, GA)

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Ann VanderMeer’s April Time Traveler’s Almanac Tour

Jeff VanderMeer • April 10th, 2014 • News

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Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award winning editor Ann VanderMeer will be touring in support of her MASSIVE thousand-page time travel anthology, just featured on NPR with a review and interview on All Things Considered!

Monday, April 21, 7:00 PM—Flyleaf Books (752 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC)
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PM—Joseph-Beth Booksellers (161 Lexington Green Circle, #B1, Lexington, KY)
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 PM—Malaprops (55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC)

Come out and learn more about time travel and great fiction!

–Read the Preface at the Onion’s AV Club.
–Read an interview with Ann at Paste.

Southern Reach Text and Image Game from The Fourth Estate

Jeff VanderMeer • March 31st, 2014 • News

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The Fourth Estate, the UK publisher, for Annihilation and the other two Southern Reach novels has a great new interactive text and image site where you can sign up for an expedition into Area X, the site of the novels.

Go check it out!

Southern Reach Annihilation Book Tour Schedule for April and Beyond

Jeff VanderMeer • March 28th, 2014 • News

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Well, it’s been a ridiculously busy spring, with Annihilation taking off, including a featured review in Entertainment Weekly, and great press in GQ, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Salon.com, and many more. I’ll share links in a separate blog post on Monday.

The next leg of the tour is swiftly approaching, and here are all the details. I hope to see some of you at these events, and as always check my facebook page for more event information. I’ll be back soon to do some real (and regular) blogging, I promise!

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

Sat. April 5 at 2pm, Barnes & Noble (Tallahassee Mall, 2415 N Monroe St)–Join award-winning local author Jeff VanderMeer for a short reading from his novel Annihilation, optioned by Paramount and recently reviewed in Entertainment Weekly. About an expedition into a strange forbidden zone. With Ann VanderMeer, discussing her new anthology The Time Traveler’s Almanac, the largest collection of time travel stories ever published. With Q&A, signing until 4pm.

Sun. April 6, 4pm to 6pm, Fermentation Lounge (113 All Saints Street)–VanderMeer Book Release Party featuring Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Ann VanderMeer’s The Time Traveler’s Almanac. With special guests writer and St. Marks NWR volunteer ranger Kati Schardl as well as novelist/former city commissioner Mark Mustian. Reading, giveaways, boar charging anecdotes, time travel, free cake, and more! A portion of all proceeds from book sales will go to the St. Marks Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

LOS ANGELES

Sat. April 12 at 4:30pm, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (USC Campus)–Panel “Fiction: Outside the Margins,” with Aimee Bender and Karen Joy Fowler. Moderated by Joy Press. Taper Hall, THH 101. Followed by book signing. (In addition, may be signing at the Black Clock booth and Skylight; more soon.)

Mon. April 14 at 7:30pm, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach (2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach CA)–Reading from Annihilation, signing, and discussion. As well as teasers from Authority.

Thurs. April 17 at 7:30pm, California State University Channel Islands (One University Drive, Camarillo, CA, at Del Norte 1500)–“In Other Worlds: An Evening of Fantasy and Science Fiction,” with Jeff VanderMeer, Sofia Samatar, and Nikko Nguyen. Reading and Q&A. Samatar is the 2014 recipient of the Crawford Award for her novel A Stranger in Olondria (published by Small Beer Press).

ARKANSAS

Thurs. April 25 thru Sat. April 27, Arkansas Literary Festival (Main library campus and other venues)–Workshop, panel, school visit, and possibly more. Check the schedule when available.

UPCOMING EVENTS (more info soon, with more events TBA)

July 9–Hub City Bookstore (Spartanburg, SC)
July 12–Malaprop’s (Asheville, NC)
July 15–Hub City Bookstore (introducing Carrie Vaughn; Shared Worlds event; date tentative)
July 25-26–Comic-Con (San Diego; with Ann VanderMeer)
July 30–Mysterious Galaxy (Clarion Writers Workshop event, San Diego, with Ann VanderMeer)
Aug. 14-28–United Kingdom Book Tour (details to be announced; with Ann VanderMeer)
Aug. 29—31, Decatur Book Festival
Aug. 31–Blue Train Books event (Hogansville, GA–tentative)

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Also, a shout-out to Ann, with a longer post Monday. Ann will be touring in support of her MASSIVE thousand-page time travel anthology.

Monday, April 21, 7:00 PM—Flyleaf Books (752 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC)
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PM—Joseph-Beth Booksellers (161 Lexington Green Circle, #B1, Lexington, KY)
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 PM—Malaprops (55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC)

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Annihilation: Jeff VanderMeer New York City Tour–Three Nights of Music, Conversation, Readings

Jeff VanderMeer • February 17th, 2014 • News

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I’ll be in New York City the week of February 24 for three events, two in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. Please come out and help me celebrate the release of the book! The details are below. Hopefully for the McNally and Brooklyn events some of us can go out for drinks after. Ann will be with me for those events, too.

Annihilation continues to do very well, with mentions on the front page of the New York Times (also discussed on Jezebel, LitReactor, and more), this Wired.com podcast interview, and a long excerpt at io9. To name just a few, Annihilation has also been an Amazon best book of the month, top 25 Kindle selection, and Daily Beast pick, with much more to come.

FSG ORIGINALS SERIES (sponsored by Vulture and GQ): Jeff VanderMeer and Future of What
Tuesday, February 25, from 7pm to 9pm at Studio-X, 180 Varick St, #1610

I’ll be in conversation with host Starlee Kine and the band Future of What, featuring music by Future of What. This event is RSVP only, so click on the link and reserve a spot.

MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKS: In Conversation with FSG editor Sean McDonald
Wednesday, February 26, 7pm, 52 Prince Street, Manhattan

I’ll be reading, and then will have what should be a fascinating conversation with my editor at FSG Originals, Sean McDonald. He’s a brilliant editor and this should be a unique event.

WORD: Annihilation Reading and Authority Sneak Peek
Thursday, February 27, 7pm, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn

For the last event in Brooklyn I’ll read from Annihilation, preview the next book, Authority, and possibly event tell you about creating a fake squid and being charged by an otter…

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

Jeff VanderMeer • January 31st, 2014 • News

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

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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

Jeff VanderMeer • January 29th, 2014 • News

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)
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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
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FSG Facebook event

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

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

Jeff VanderMeer • January 23rd, 2014 • News

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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