Bryan Alexander
Bryan Alexander asked Jeff VanderMeer:

What role did JG Ballard's work play in your mind as you composed the extraordinary Annihilation?

Jeff VanderMeer That's a great question, Bryan. Some have suggested a direct influence through his "disaster" novels. But it's really more on the level of the craft of writing. Ballard was always amazing at manipulation of time and space. He would make you feel claustrophobic or like you were in the midst of an expansiveness or vastness. He could compress time or expand it as well. He did this in a very specific ways through the way he wrote. Your brain always changed reading Ballard. So I studied those techniques over the years--and some of them indeed I did bring to bear in Annihilation. And thanks for the compliment.

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