Dieter asked Jeff VanderMeer:

Why is the format of the trilogy so attractive in General and why did. you choose it for the Southern Reach books?

Jeff VanderMeer Alas, I must confess that the Southern Reach is a trilogy that began as a collapsed quartet. I thought I had four novel's worth of story and it kept falling in on itself--which is always a good sign. It means the three novels that do exist became richer and more layered.

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