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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
|1||City of Saints and Madmen||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||Shriek||2006||Description / Buy|
|3||Finch||2009||Description / Buy|
Order of Southern Reach Series
|1||Annihilation||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||Authority||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||Acceptance||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||Area X (Complete Trilogy)||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Borne Series
|1||Borne||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||The Strange Bird (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Dead Astronauts||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead Series
|1||A Peculiar Peril||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Leviathan Series
|1||Leviathan 2||1998||Description / Buy|
|2||Leviathan||2002||Description / Buy|
|3||Leviathan: Cities||2004||Description / Buy|
|4||Mapping The Beast||2009||Description / Buy|
Order of Jeff VanderMeer Standalone Novels
|1||Veniss Underground||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||The Situation||2008||Description / Buy|
|3||The Three Quests of the Wizard Sarnod||2010||Description / Buy|
|4||Hummingbird Salamander||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Jeff VanderMeer Short Stories/Novellas
|1||Dradin, In Love (Short Story)||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||The Transformation of Martin Lake||1999||Description / Buy|
|3||Why Should I Cut Your Throat? (Short Story)||2004||Description / Buy|
|4||Errata (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|5||Balzac's War (Short Story)||2011||Description / Buy|
|6||Greensleeves (Short Story)||2011||Description / Buy|
|7||Komodo (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|8||This World Is Full of Monsters (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|9||Wildlife||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Jeff VanderMeer Short Story Collections
|1||The Day Dali Died (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||Secret Life||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||The Third Bear||2007||Description / Buy|
|4||Strange Tales of Secret Lives||2007||Description / Buy|
|5||The Surgeon's Tale and Other Stories (Short Story)||2007||Description / Buy|
|6||The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature||2011||Description / Buy|
|7||Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy Through Essays, Articles and Reviews||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Jeff VanderMeer Non-Fiction Books
|1||The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals: The Evil Monkey Dialogues||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||The Steampunk User's Manual||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Halo Anthologies
|1||Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Cat Rambo Collections with Cat Rambo
|1||The Surgeon's Tale and Other Stories (Short Story)||2007||Description / Buy|
|2||Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight||2009||Description / Buy|
|3||Near||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Altered America||2016||Description / Buy|
|5||Neither Here Nor There||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Polyphony Anthologies Series with Jay Lake, Bruce Holland Rogers, Forrest Aguirre, Nick Mamatas, Deborah Layne
|1||Polyphony, Volume 1||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||Polyphony, Volume 2||2003||Description / Buy|
Jeff VanderMeer Anthologies
|1||Dark Terrors||1995||Description / Buy|
|2||The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 7||1996||Description / Buy|
|3||Dark Terrors 6||2002||Description / Buy|
|4||The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases||2003||Description / Buy|
|5||The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14||2003||Description / Buy|
|6||Breaking Windows||2003||Description / Buy|
|7||Polyphony, Volume 5||2005||Description / Buy|
|8||Best New Fantasy||2006||Description / Buy|
|9||Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories||2007||Description / Buy|
|10||Twentieth Annual Collection||2007||Description / Buy|
|11||Brothers & Beasts||2007||Description / Buy|
|12||Booklife||2007||Description / Buy|
|13||Fast Ships, Black Sails||2008||Description / Buy|
|14||The New Weird||2008||Description / Buy|
|15||Polluto 2: Apocalypses and Garden Furniture||2008||Description / Buy|
|16||Steampunk||2008||Description / Buy|
|17||Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 20, May 2008||2008||Description / Buy|
|18||Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 25, October 2008||2008||Description / Buy|
|19||The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009||2009||Description / Buy|
|20||Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe||2009||Description / Buy|
|21||Year's Best SF 14||2009||Description / Buy|
|22||Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance||2009||Description / Buy|
|23||Last Drink Bird Head||2009||Description / Buy|
|24||Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded||2010||Description / Buy|
|25||The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories||2010||Description / Buy|
|26||Happily Ever After||2011||Description / Buy|
|27||Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters||2011||Description / Buy|
|28||ODD?||2011||Description / Buy|
|29||Steampunk III||2012||Description / Buy|
|30||The Mammoth Book of Steampunk||2012||Description / Buy|
|31||Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top||2012||Description / Buy|
|32||Fungi||2012||Description / Buy|
|33||The Time Traveler's Almanac||2013||Description / Buy|
|34||Lightspeed Magazine, February 2014||2014||Description / Buy|
|35||Sisters of the Revolution||2015||Description / Buy|
|36||Love Hurts||2015||Description / Buy|
|37||The Big Book of Science Fiction||2016||Description / Buy|
|38||Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker||2017||Description / Buy|
|39||Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction||2018||Description / Buy|
|40||The Big Book of Classic Fantasy||2019||Description / Buy|
|41||The Big Book of Modern Fantasy||2020||Description / Buy|
|42||Connectedness||2020||Description / Buy|
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 Wildlife and was released on February, 24th 2022. It is the newest book in the Jeff VanderMeer Short Stories/Novellas.