Teodor asked Jeff VanderMeer:

Annihilation and Authority both take distinctly different genres as starting points. It certainly seems to be a more 'controlled' approach than, say, City of Saints and Madmen, which gleefully and deliberately plays around with various genres, styles and voices. Do you think that you're at a point in your career when such 'fine-tuning' is the next logical step?

Jeff VanderMeer Thanks for the interesting question...I don't think there's much of a parallel. City of Saints & Madmen collected a series of connected stories. The better parallel would probably be Veniss Underground, which is also an early book of mine and has a very structured approach. However, within both Annihilation and especially Authority all kinds of other things are being riffed off of in the text, so I'm not sure that's a great parallel either. In any event, both Annihilation and Authority follow one specific character with great intensity, so whatever's in the novels is in a sense dictated by the characters.

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