Brian Salyards
Brian Salyards asked Jeff VanderMeer:

I often look at the world and wondering how an intelligent being from "somewhere else" would view things. I find this enjoyable and based on your writing I would imagine you do too. When I voice my observations people look at me like I am an alien. Reading your work makes me think in even newer and weirder ways. Thank you. And, in your opinion, what is the true value of weirdos in modern society?

Jeff VanderMeer Thanks, Brian. The truth is we need a sea-change in our attitude toward Earth and our place in it, and trying to observe the world from alien perspectives is a valuable part of trying to visualize that. I'm dedicated to this in all of my fiction and although it's impossible to truly get beyond our human perspective, the effort, even in failing, can bring us closer to new and healthier ways to view our environment.

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