Jeff VanderMeer

more photos (1)




E.C.
738 books | 538 friends

Bob Milne
2,284 books | 1,598 friends

Rachel ...
611 books | 126 friends

Gregor ...
1,406 books | 674 friends

Marian
101 books | 177 friends

Zachary...
732 books | 3,708 friends

Billy O...
107 books | 757 friends

An Redman
134 books | 82 friends

More friends…



Jeff VanderMeer

Goodreads Author


born
in The United States
gender
male

website

genre

member since
May 2009


About this author

Jeff VanderMeer's most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), all released in 2014. The series has been acquired by publishers in 15 other countries and Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions have acquired the movie rights. His Wonderbook (Abrams Image), the world's first fully illustrated, full-color creative writing guide, won the BSFA Award for best nonfiction and has been nominated for a Hugo Award and a Locus Award. A three-time World Fantasy Award winner and 13-time nominee, VanderMeer has been a finalist for the Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and Shirley Jackson Awards, among others.

His nonfiction appears in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Washington Pos
...more


To ask Jeff VanderMeer questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Jeff VanderMeer Thank you for the truly great question, Ali. To me, this is the essential theme of our time, and it's not about giving in or checking out. It's about…moreThank you for the truly great question, Ali. To me, this is the essential theme of our time, and it's not about giving in or checking out. It's about adaptation to what's coming. Of course, I'm coming at it from a kind of fantastical point of view. No matter how I deploy science or specific detail about our real world, I'm still somewhere between the real and the metaphorical in these explorations. In part to get the distance to explore modes of thoughts, and in the absence of being able to imagine being truly not-human, to get as close to that as possible without marginalizing that state of being as horrific.

I suppose I don't see it as leaving behind individual consciousness as being in greater harmony and collusion with the contamination we already experience but that is invisible to us, and to also thereby better understand that we do not in fact stick out from our landscape, but are part of it. This is something we've forgotten over the last centuries, and the farther we get away from understanding this, the farther we get from long-term solutions to questions like...What do we contribute to our biosphere? Why do we privilege human-style intelligence to the exclusion of all else? Why do we see as strengths those things that are actually now weaknesses in ourselves as a sustainable species on Earth?

This doesn't even get to the question of being able to see our environment with a fresh eye--so that we no longer think in terms of being stewards or despoilers but some other philosophy altogether. And this in the context, too, of not bringing with us the old "culture creatures" as Schama puts it in his book Landscape and Memory. That we might see with clear vision but also perhaps with a hint of awe just how thoroughly we live on an alien planet that is full of wonders we're only now beginning to understand. And of which we are at times the most mundane.(less)
Jeff VanderMeer My real phobia is cockroaches. Growing up in Fiji, I would sometimes wake up and hear this crackling, shifting sound in my ears. These small…moreMy real phobia is cockroaches. Growing up in Fiji, I would sometimes wake up and hear this crackling, shifting sound in my ears. These small cockroaches would burrow in there and I'd have to fish them out. So I come by my phobia honestly. Also, I should note that it extends to professional cockroaches, not just amateur ones. We were on a claustrophobic boat trip once in Romania (eventually cut off by the Romanian navy and a man in a dinghy, but that's another story0 and there were rustling boxes under each of the bench seats in the passenger area (which didn't have windows you could open). The translation came back as "professional cockroaches." Boxes and boxes of professional cockroaches, to be used as bait by fishermen. I was as phobic about them as any number of amateur cockroaches. When it comes to cockroaches, I treat all equally. (Except, I really hate the flying ones.)

As for using them in my writing, I did once write a children's story called Erin & the Roach, but it has never been published, and probably shouldn't be published...by anyone.(less)
Average rating: 3.71 · 69,080 ratings · 9,433 reviews · 146 distinct works · Similar authors
Annihilation (Southern Reac...
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 25,796 ratings — published 2014 — 34 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Authority (Southern Reach, #2)
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 10,350 ratings — published 2014 — 34 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Acceptance (Southern Reach,...
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,305 ratings — published 2014 — 25 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
City of Saints and Madmen (...
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 3,294 ratings — published 2002 — 19 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Finch (Ambergris, #3)
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,765 ratings — published 2009 — 13 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Steampunk Bible
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,606 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Steampunk (Steampunk, #1)
by
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 1,726 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Veniss Underground
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,242 ratings — published 2003 — 20 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Wonderbook: The Illustrated...
by
4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 904 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Shriek: An Afterword (Amber...
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 959 ratings — published 2006 — 11 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Jeff VanderMeer…

I thought that this review by Niall Harrison at Strange Horizons of James Bradley’s Clade was pretty fascinating and extremely useful. I like that he acknowledges the potential disconnect between the reality we’re headed toward and the way this reality is depicted in fiction—and just how difficult it is for fiction writers to tackle the subject. I also understand his point about “hyperobjects”...

Read more of this blog post »
3 likes · Like  •  0 comments  •  flag
Published on July 15, 2015 17:32 • 113 views
Annihilation Authority Acceptance
Southern Reach (3 books)
by
3.6281279912484616 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 43,878 ratings

City of Saints and Madmen Shriek: An Afterword Finch
Ambergris (3 books)
by
3.908985024958403 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 6,010 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Jeff's Recent Updates

Jeff VanderMeer is now friends with Jennifer Jamieson
4175414
" Nice guess! "
" Great! I'll draw an airship in it too if you remind me. "
" I did have the general story arc in mind early on, but the actual particulars of who Control was and the former director, and some of the others, didn ...more "
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
1865
" Oh, thanks so much! That's very kind--and helps re the nervousness of the third book just being out. Hope most readers like it! "
" No--the Edinburgh festival's bookstore. But I've heard good things about Transreal. "
Jeff VanderMeer added a photo
More of Jeff's books…
“The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.”
Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

“That's how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.”
Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

“Silence creates its own violence.”
Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

Polls

DECEMBER FANTASY: This first round poll decides which 2 books move on to the run-off poll for our December Fantasy Book of the Month

 
  19 votes, 28.4%

 
  15 votes, 22.4%

 
  14 votes, 20.9%

 
  7 votes, 10.4%

 
  4 votes, 6.0%

 
  3 votes, 4.5%

 
  3 votes, 4.5%

 
  1 vote, 1.5%

 
  1 vote, 1.5%

comments and details
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Beyond Reality: This topic has been closed to new comments. Nominations for July 24 170 Apr 19, 2009 08:25AM  
Beyond Reality: This topic has been closed to new comments. Welcome to May! 1 55 May 01, 2009 10:10AM  
Beyond Reality: So who are your favorites? 50 435 May 21, 2009 08:24AM  
Beyond Reality: This topic has been closed to new comments. Welcome to June! 1 40 Jun 01, 2009 08:59AM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: What I am also reading in April 41 337 Jun 30, 2009 07:43PM  
Beyond Reality: This topic has been closed to new comments. What are you reading right now? 180 415 Jul 01, 2009 01:34AM  
Challenge: 50 Books: Evan's 50 for 2009 42 504 Sep 08, 2009 11:24AM  
Beyond Reality: This topic has been closed to new comments. Nominations for March! 30 64 Dec 21, 2009 09:06AM  
The Lucid Garden: Welcomes and Whatnot 4 46 Mar 12, 2010 12:04PM  
1865 SciFi and Fantasy Book Club — 14171 members — last activity 4 hours, 10 min ago
Welcome to the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club! Czar: Kim Czarina: Penny Founder: Nick PLEASE NOTE: From now on we will delete any post from an author wan ...more
74958 Book Keeping — 113 members — last activity Oct 31, 2014 05:33AM
Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Sarah Crichton Books / FSG present Book Keeping, a readers' community. Join us for discussions, author chats, and giveaw ...more



Comments (showing 1-4)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 4: by Sandy

Sandy Parsons WTG Jeff! I loved Annihilation. Couldn't stop reading. I was totally captivated.


Alyssa This image gave me flashbacks to your Southern Reach trilogy (which I DEVOURED in a few short weeks!). Hope you enjoy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcoor...


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


message 1: by Fran

Fran Friel Happy Tuesday, Jeff!


back to top