Larryhester asked Jeff VanderMeer:

Jeff, I'm reading the Sixth Extinction while waiting for volume three. What is your own background on science that you've used to create the world in your story?

Jeff VanderMeer That book is on my radar, most definitely. As for my own background, my dad is a research chemist and entomologist (fire ants). In addition, have done amateur study of fungi and cephalopods, among other biological subjects. You may have seen these, but HuffPo posted a list of my influences that includes some science-related books, and posted a conversation I had with Karen Joy Fowler about animals and the environment.

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