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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.

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Order of Ambergris Series

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1 City of Saints and Madmen 2001 Description / Buy
2 Shriek 2006 Description / Buy
3 Finch 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Southern Reach Series

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1 Annihilation 2014 Description / Buy
2 Authority 2014 Description / Buy
3 Acceptance 2014 Description / Buy
4 Area X (Complete Trilogy) 2014 Description / Buy
5 Absolution 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Borne Series

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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

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1 A Peculiar Peril 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Leviathan Series

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1 Leviathan: Cities ( By: Jay Lake, Forrest Aguirre, Ben Peek, Michael Cisco, K.J. Bishop, Stepan Chapman, Ursula Pflug, Allan Kausch, Tim Jarvis, Catherine Kasper, Darla Beasley) 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Jeff VanderMeer Standalone Novels

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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

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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

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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) ( With: Cat Rambo) 2007 Description / Buy
6 The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature ( With: S.J. Chambers) 2011 Description / Buy
7 Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy Through Essays, Articles and Reviews 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Jeff VanderMeer Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals: The Evil Monkey Dialogues ( With: Ann VanderMeer) 2010 Description / Buy
2 Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Steampunk User's Manual ( With: S.J. Chambers) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Predator Series

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1 Predator ( By: Paul Monette) 1987 Description / Buy
2 Predator 2 ( By: Simon Hawke) 1990 Description / Buy
3 Concrete Jungle ( By: James A. Moore, Nathan Archer) 1995 Description / Buy
4 Cold War ( By: Nathan Archer) 1997 Description / Buy
5 Big Game ( By: Sandy Schofield) 1999 Description / Buy
6 Forever Midnight ( By: John Shirley) 2006 Description / Buy
7 Flesh and Blood ( By: Robert Greenberger, Michael Jan Friedman) 2007 Description / Buy
8 South China Sea 2008 Description / Buy
9 Turnabout ( By: Steve Perry) 2008 Description / Buy
10 Incursion ( By: Tim Lebbon) 2015 Description / Buy
11 If It Bleeds ( By: Jonathan Maberry, Jeremy Robinson, Kevin J. Anderson, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Tim Lebbon, Andrew Mayne, Steve Perry, Mira Grant, Larry Correia, Dayton Ward) 2017 Description / Buy
12 Hunters and Hunted Official Movie Prequel ( By: James A. Moore) 2018 Description / Buy
13 Stalking Shadows ( By: James A. Moore, Mark Morris) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Cat Rambo Collections with Cat Rambo

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1 The Surgeon's Tale and Other Stories (Short Story) ( With: Cat Rambo) 2007 Description / Buy
2 Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight ( By: Cat Rambo) 2009 Description / Buy
3 Near ( By: Cat Rambo) 2012 Description / Buy
4 Altered America ( By: Cat Rambo) 2016 Description / Buy
5 Neither Here Nor There ( By: Cat Rambo) 2016 Description / Buy

Jeff VanderMeer Anthologies

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1 Dark Terrors 1995 Description / Buy
2 The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 7 1996 Description / Buy
3 Leviathan 2 1998 Description / Buy
4 Leviathan 2002 Description / Buy
5 Dark Terrors 6 2002 Description / Buy
6 The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases 2003 Description / Buy
7 The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14 2003 Description / Buy
8 Breaking Windows 2003 Description / Buy
9 Polyphony, Volume 5 2005 Description / Buy
10 Best New Fantasy 2006 Description / Buy
11 Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories 2007 Description / Buy
12 Twentieth Annual Collection 2007 Description / Buy
13 Brothers & Beasts 2007 Description / Buy
14 Booklife 2007 Description / Buy
15 Fast Ships, Black Sails 2008 Description / Buy
16 The New Weird 2008 Description / Buy
17 Polluto 2: Apocalypses and Garden Furniture 2008 Description / Buy
18 Steampunk 2008 Description / Buy
19 Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 20, May 2008 2008 Description / Buy
20 Best American Fantasy 2008 2008 Description / Buy
21 Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 25, October 2008 2008 Description / Buy
22 The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 2009 Description / Buy
23 Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe 2009 Description / Buy
24 Year's Best SF 14 2009 Description / Buy
25 Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance 2009 Description / Buy
26 Last Drink Bird Head 2009 Description / Buy
27 Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded 2010 Description / Buy
28 The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories 2010 Description / Buy
29 Happily Ever After 2011 Description / Buy
30 Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters 2011 Description / Buy
31 ODD? 2011 Description / Buy
32 Steampunk III 2012 Description / Buy
33 The Mammoth Book of Steampunk 2012 Description / Buy
34 Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top 2012 Description / Buy
35 Fungi 2012 Description / Buy
36 The Time Traveler's Almanac 2013 Description / Buy
37 Lightspeed Magazine, February 2014 2014 Description / Buy
38 Sisters of the Revolution 2015 Description / Buy
39 Love Hurts 2015 Description / Buy
40 The Big Book of Science Fiction 2016 Description / Buy
41 Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker 2017 Description / Buy
42 Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction 2018 Description / Buy
43 The Big Book of Classic Fantasy 2019 Description / Buy
44 The Big Book of Modern Fantasy 2020 Description / 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?

The next book by Jeff VanderMeer is Absolution and will be released on October, 22nd 2024. It is the newest book in the Southern Reach Series.

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