Jeff VanderMeer Books

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Jeff VanderMeer is an American author and literary critic who wrote ‘Annihilation’, the novel from which the movie of the same name was adapted. Born in 1968, VanderMeer is technically a native of Bellefonte in Pennsylvania. But his childhood memories revolve around the years he spent in the Fiji Islands.

Order of Ambergris Series

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1City Of Saints And Madmen 2001Description / Buy
2Shriek 2006Description / Buy
3Finch 2009Description / Buy

Order of Southern Reach Series

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1Annihilation 2014Description / Buy
2Authority 2014Description / Buy
3Acceptance 2014Description / Buy

Order of Borne Series

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1Borne 2017Description / Buy
2The Strange Bird (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy
3Dead Astronauts 2019Description / Buy

Order of Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead Series

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1A Peculiar Peril 2020Description / Buy

Order of Leviathan Series

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1Leviathan 2002Description / Buy
2Mapping The Beast 2009Description / Buy

Order of Predator Series

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1Predator: Forever Midnight ( By: John Shirley) 2006Description / Buy
2Predator: Flesh and Blood ( By: Robert Greenberger, Michael Jan Friedman) 2007Description / Buy
3Predator: South China Sea 2008Description / Buy
4Predator: Turnabout ( By: Steve Perry) 2008Description / Buy

Order of Steampunk Series

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1Steampunk 2008Description / Buy
2Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded ( With: Gail Carriger, Cherie Priest, Daniel Abraham, Stephen Baxter, , Caitlín R. Kiernan) 2010Description / Buy

Order of Jeff VanderMeer Standalone Novels

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1Veniss Underground 2003Description / Buy
2The Situation 2008Description / Buy
3The Three Quests of the Wizard Sarnod 2010Description / Buy
4Hummingbird Salamander 2021Description / Buy

Order of Jeff VanderMeer Short Stories/Novellas

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1Dradin, In Love (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
2Why Should I Cut Your Throat? (Short Story) 2004Description / Buy
3Errata (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
4Balzac's War (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
5Greensleeves (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
6Komodo (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
7This World Is Full of Monsters (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of Jeff VanderMeer Short Story Collections

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1The Day Dali Died (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy
2Secret Life 2004Description / Buy
3Strange Tales of Secret Lives 2007Description / Buy
4The Third Bear 2010Description / Buy

Order of Jeff VanderMeer Collections

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1The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature 2011Description / Buy
2Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy Through Essays, Articles and Reviews 2011Description / Buy

Order of Halo Collections

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1HALO: Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe ( With: Fred Van Lente, Tobias S. Buckell, Karen Traviss, B.K. Evenson) 2009Description / Buy
2Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon ( By: Christie Golden, , John Jackson Miller, James Swallow, Kelly Gay, Matt Forbeck, Troy Denning, Joseph Staten) 2016Description / Buy

Jeff VanderMeer Anthologies

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1 Breaking Windows2003Description / Buy
2 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twentieth Annual Collection2007Description / Buy
3 HALO: Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe2009Description / Buy
4 Last Drink Bird Head2009Description / Buy
5 Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters2011Description / Buy
6 Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology2015Description / Buy
7 Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker2017Description / Buy
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A former student at the University of Florida, the author’s parents’ work with the Peace Corps took them to interesting places. As a young man, VanderMeer had the opportunity to live in New York (Ithaca) and Florida (Gainesville). This was after he came back to the US.

The writer spent three years in University before joining the Clarion Writers Workshop. He always counted Angela Carter as one of his biggest inspirations, blaming her prose and literary passion for rewiring his mind and pushing him to take a more fearless approach to his writing.

VanderMeer’s interest in reading was sparked early on. In high school, besides making contributions to magazines, the author also wrote short stories. At the time, VanderMeer was primarily interested in horror and fantasy.

The stories he eventually self-published in his 1989 collection fell strictly within those genres. Today, the author’s fans classify him as a writer of weird fiction, a categorization that Jeff VanderMeer has embraced. According to his understanding of the genre, whereas ordinary horror and fantasy re-purpose pre-existing tools and concepts, weird fiction takes readers into the unknown, introducing entities that are as monstrous as they are beautiful.

The publishing industry hasn’t embraced the ‘Weird fiction’ label as enthusiastically, choosing to market VanderMeer as an author of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and metafiction. People that have interacted with the writer understand that he hates having such discussions because they typically turn artistic and creative considerations into marketing conversations.

However, he admits that his work is difficult to quantify using mainstream categories. His admirers have praised him for the intellectual observations he makes in his stories.

Besides fiction writing, VanderMeer writes literary reviews, edits anthologies, and teaches creative writing.

Jeff VanderMeer Awards

The author has received British Fantasy Society, Philip K Dick, World Fantasy, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominations. ‘Annihilation’ won him the Nebula Award.

Jeff VanderMeer Books into Movies

Paramount Pictures turned ‘Annihilation’ into a live-action movie in 2018. The adaptation starred Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez. It was directed by Alex Garland.

Best Jeff VanderMeer Books

VanderMeer is one of the most prolific Weird Fiction authors in the business, attracting praise for his disturbing yet profound stories, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

Annihilation: No one knows anything of significance about Area X. The uninhabited region has been isolated from the rest of the planet for decades. Within its borders, nature has decimated whatever elements of human civilization previously covered the surface.

Many an expedition has been undertaken to identify the mysteries of Area X. But things always go wrong. Those teams that come back die in unpleasant ways. A group of four women is about to take up this challenge. The members of the eleventh expedition where barely shadows of their former selves when they returned and their lives were claimed by cancer soon after.

This new team is determined to map Area X. They must make observations about the surroundings that can shed some light on the region’s true nature without falling prey to the infection Area X imparts upon all that cross its border.

The leader of this new team, a biologist, tries to narrate their ordeal. She takes readers into Area X, revealing the surprises that await them, the dangers which seek to destroy them, not to mention the secrets among the team members.

Authority: Area X is still a curious mystery, a region surrounded by an invisible border that the world has tried and failed to decipher despite all the expedition teams they have thrown at it. The exploits of the last team left the Southern Reach, the secret agency probing Area X, in disarray

John Rodriguez is in a bind. This is the worst possible time to take the Southern Reach’s top job. But John has the position and he must do what he can to bring the Southern Reach under control. At the moment, that means studying hidden notes and video footage in the hopes of making a discovery that can finally lay Area X bare.

When Does The Next Jeff VanderMeer book come out?

Jeff VanderMeer doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Hummingbird Salamander and was released on April, 6th 2021.

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