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Interrogation: Jeff VanderMeer : Features

<b>In Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, the book’s protagonist—known to readers as simply “the biologist”—prides herself on her evasiveness under</b> …

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When ecology meets horror

Annihilation will both inspire awe in nature and make your skin crawl<p>And what had manifested? What do I believe manifested? Think of it as a thorn, …

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The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer: Intricate, complex and surprising

Can we imagine morality on the scale of the human species as a whole?<p><b>The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance</b> <br>Jeff</i> …

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Great Horned Owl

About the Great Horned Owl<p>The great horned owl is the most common owl of the Americas, easily recognizable because of the feather tufts on its head. These “plumicorns” resemble horns or, to some, catlike ears.<p><b>Habitat</b><p>Great horned owls are adaptable birds and live from the Arctic to South America. …

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Playing With Consistency Inconsistency: Jeff VanderMeer Takes Us into Area X

Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance<p>Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux <br>Author: Jeff VanderMeer <b><br>Publication date:</b> …

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The Uncanny Power of Weird Fiction

From Leonora Carrington to Haruki Murakami, disparate writers tap into something universal when they channel the bizarre.<p>In volume one of Clive Barker’s <i>Books of Blood</i> series, the 1984 story “In the Hills, the Cities” describes how the citizenry of competing villages lash themselves together to form …

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Southern Reach Training: Fungus Safety (Protocol 3984SRT)

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The Strangling Fruit

<b>Jeff VanderMeer <br>Acceptance (Vol. 3, The Southern Reach Trilogy)<br>(FSG, 2014)</b><p>Welcome to Area X: a secluded stretch of Nowhere U.S.A. formerly known as …

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Exploring ‘Area X’: Local author has hit with book series based on St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

On a brisk morning in early March, Tallahassee author Jeff VanderMeer stands on the bottom steps of the spiral staircase leading to the top of the …

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How Plants Secretly Talk to Each Other

Up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the ecologist Richard Karban is trying to learn an alien language. The sagebrush plants that dot these slopes speak …

This Amazing Trilogy Is Like Lost, Except You Won’t be Enraged When You Finish Reading It

What <i>is</i> Jeff VanderMeer’s <i>Southern Reach Trilogy</i>? VanderMeer is a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, but these books aren’t exactly fantasy. …

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Weird Ecology: On The Southern Reach Trilogy - Los Angeles Review of Books

ON A BITTERLY cold day in January 2013, a dolphin was discovered swimming in the famously noxious waters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. A crowd …

“Annihilation”: Doomed expedition into the unknown - Salon.com

Jeff VanderMeer's new novel, "Annihilation," begins with a small expedition of scientists entering a coastal territory known only as Area X. They represent an odd assortment of specialities: a psychologist (the leader of the team), a surveyor (with military training), an anthropologist and a …

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Southern Reach Recruitment: Hear from an Area X veteran

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Bear Versus Texting Man: Our Spectacular Disconnection - BORNE CENTRAL

(Photo by Mike Bender/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)<p><i>I wrote the short essay below before encountering this blog post about dystopic fiction, this</i> …

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The Southern Reach Trilogy

<i>A masterpost of all three reviews of Jeff VanderMeer’s exceptional, 6-out-of-5 rated Southern Reach Trilogy.</i><p><b>ANNIHILATION</b>:<br>Jeff VanderMeer is one of …

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Southern Reach Training: Deception Detection

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Hijacked by a fungus: how to create a zombie ant

<i>Life as a worker ant is hard enough as it is. But carpenter ants foraging for food in the rainforest must deal with an additional threat: a parasitic</i> …

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Jeff VanderMeer: Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance

VanderMeer's trilogy chronicles expeditions orchestrated by a government agency called the Southern Reach into a dangerous landscape where reality …

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New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement

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Author Jeff VanderMeer Wouldn't Want Men Starring in a "Southern Reach" Adaptation

If you aren't reading his books, you're doing your life wrong.<p>Every once in a while, a book series comes along that's so good you stay up reading it till 4 a.m. on a school night. One such series is Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, a thoroughly creepy (but delightful!) set of …

Scientists think they've discovered an entirely new mode of plant communication

And parasitic species might be using it for espionage<p>Scientists may have discovered a whole new plant language. According to a new study, published today in <i>Science</i>, a parasitic plant called the strangleweed is capable of not only sucking out genetic material from the host plant it invades, but also …

An Interview With Jeff VanderMeer: "Full Disclosure, I'm Really A Komodo Dragon"

Author Jeff VanderMeer talks about the importance of literary cross-pollination, binge-watching TV, and his latest novel, Annihilation.<p>Jeff VanderMeer is a writer who does it all. He has published many novels, collections, and non-fiction books (including last year's fantastic <i>Wonderbook: The</i> …

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Raw Story talks ‘Annihilation’ with author Jeff VanderMeer

The work of Jeff VanderMeer is as difficult to describe as it is engrossing to read. In the introduction to the anthology <i>The New Weird</i> — which he …

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Are Trout Too Smart To Eat? And Other Surprising Questions

<i>Today we're going to try something different on</i> 13.7<i>. The following is a wide-ranging conversation — on topics of interest to this community — between Karen Joy Fowler and Jeff VanderMeer. It took place back in April after these two noted authors appeared together on a panel at the Los Angeles</i> …

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The Keepers of the Light: St. Marks Lighthouse in the NYT & Reader Response - BORNE CENTRAL

This past weekend, in addition to a great review of my novel Acceptance and a mention of my next novel in the New York Times Book Review, the New …

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The Nature Of Reading: 10 Influences On The Southern Reach Trilogy

<i>"To me everything is supernatural." - British naturalist Robert Jeffries</i><p>The Southern Reach Trilogy chronicles more than thirty years of the attempt to understand Area X, a seemingly pristine wilderness in which strange things are happening. Area X is surrounded by an invisible border with only one …

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Sci-fi and fantasy authors reveal truths in the strangest fiction

Writers of realistic fiction are often are asked to wrestle with the question of autobiographical influence in interviews and essays. Some critics have made a cottage industry out of guessing even in the absence of hard data: Is the character a stand-in for the novelist? Is the plot based on …

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