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A Goodreads user asked Jeff VanderMeer:

I'm a real fan of your work. I was thrilled to discover the land of ambergris, and I really enjoy the depth of your vision. I like the idea of living fungi, and I wonder, where did you develop this interest, and did you ever explore the idea of mushrooms serving as a psychotropic agent?

Jeff VanderMeer Here in North Florida everything decays at a ferocious and humid rate. You see fruiting bodies everywhere--I counted 50 different types just at a local park. So of course it kind of permeates the air and one's influences. And I find them fascinating so a lot of it is me playing amateur mushroom scientist. As a psychotropic agent? If you mean personally, no. I'm for whatever reason fairly afraid of what certain substances would change in my brain. I think my worldview is surreal enough as it is.

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