Jeremy S asked Jeff VanderMeer:
First off, love the series, can't wait for the finale. I had to ask, have you read House of Leaves and if so, did it influence your idea of the tunnel in any way when writing? There are quite a few interesting parallels (obviously in completely original contexts) and I was just wondering if you were inspired at all by the book.
Jeff VanderMeer I really loved the stairs into nowhere in that footnote from the 1600s in House of Leaves, and I'm sure my mind decided to, in a totally different context, follow that path down. But the tunnel is also from a real-world place in Sintra, Portugal, and the spiraling of it is like the spiraling through my mind of oil during the Gulf Oil spill, when it seemed like the oil would just keep gushing out forever, and it was a terrible pressure in all of our minds....so, the real answer is that influence is a strange thing that manifests in different ways and recombines its DNA to form some creature that is itself totally unique.
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Andrew asked Jeff VanderMeer:
Hey Jeff, So I guess my question(s) is, do you ever feel like, 'Well, gee, I need to do some more elaborating on Area X. Or on the Southern Reach?' Does your editor come to you and say,'Uhhhh, Jeff, you need to Sci-fi this thing up a little. We need spaceships, here, and a plasma canon for the surveyor'?
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Heather asked Jeff VanderMeer:
I really love your stories. The Southern Reach Trilogy and Ambergris Trilogy are amazing. Can't wait for Acceptance! Just out of curiosity is there any hope for more from the fascinating life of Dr. Lambshead? The first two anthologies are so much fun, and I love that you bring so many talented authors ( and artists) together not only into a solid collection but a cohesive new world. Thank you.
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