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Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America's American Fantastic Tales and in multiple year's-best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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-It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken.- --Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods -A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it.- --Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls -Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent.- --Warren Ellis -One of those books where it all comes together--the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth.- --Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe -In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books.- --Peter Straub, author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl -A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting.- --Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners -The great thing about Annihilation is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates . . . I can't wait for the next one.- --Brian Evenson, author of Last Days -This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries.- --Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy -After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it's every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction . . . Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.- --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) -A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells's in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy.- --Heather Paulson, ALA Booklist (starred review) "It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken." --Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods "A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it." --Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls "Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent." --Warren Ellis "One of those books where it all comes together--the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth." --Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe "In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books." --Peter Straub, author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl "A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting." --Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners "The great thing about Annihilation is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates . . . I can't wait for the next one." --Brian Evenson, author of Last Days "This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries." --Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy "After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it's every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction . . . Speculative fiction at its most transfixing." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells's in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy." --Heather Paulson, ALA Booklist (starred review) It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken. Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it. Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent. Warren Ellis One of those books where it all comes together--the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth. Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books. Peter Straub, author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting. Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners The great thing about Annihilation is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates . . . I can't wait for the next one. Brian Evenson, author of Last Days This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries. Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it's every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction . . . Speculative fiction at its most transfixing. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells's in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy. Heather Paulson, ALA Booklist (starred review) " It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken. "Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods" A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it. "Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls" Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent. "Warren Ellis" One of those books where it all comes together--the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. "Annihilation" is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth. "Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe" In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books. "Peter Straub, author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl" A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting. "Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners" The great thing about "Annihilation" is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates . . . I can't wait for the next one. "Brian Evenson, author of Last Days" This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries. "Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy" After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it's every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction . . . Speculative fiction at its most transfixing. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" A gripping fantasy thriller, "Annihilation" is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells's in "The Island of Dr. Moreau "(1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy. "Heather Paulson, ALA Booklist (starred review)"" "It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken." --Matt Bell, author of "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods""A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it." --Lauren Beukes, author of" The Shining Girls""Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent." --Warren Ellis "One of those books where it all comes together--the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. "Annihilation" is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth." --Charles Yu, author of "How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe""In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books." --Peter Straub, author of "Lost Boy, Lost Girl" "A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting." --Kelly Link, author of "Magic for Beginners " "The great thing about "Annihilation" is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates . . . I can't wait for the next one." --Brian Evenson, author of "Last Days "" ""This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries." --Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the "Mars "trilogy "After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it's every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction . . . Speculative fiction at its most transfixing." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "A gripping fantasy thriller, "Annihilation" is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells's in "The Island of Dr. Moreau "(1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy." --Heather Paulson, "ALA Booklist "(starred review) "In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books." --Peter Straub, author of "Lost Boy, Lost Girl" "Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent." --Warren Ellis "One of those books where it all comes together--the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. "Annihilation" is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth." --Charles Yu, author of "How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe ""A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting." --Kelly Link, author of "Magic for Beginners ""A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it." --Lauren Beukes, author of" The Shining Girls " "The great thing about "Annihilation" is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates . . . I can't wait for the next one." --Brian Evenson, author of "Last Days ""It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken." --Matt Bell, author of "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods ""This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries." --Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the "Mars "trilogy "After their high "A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it." --Lauren Beukes, author of "The Shining Girls"

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