Jeff VanderMeer
Omnivoracious Editor
Jeff VanderMeer's sense of adventure is so strong that as a kid he hoped he'd lose his eye in a tragic accident so he could wear a pirate patch. Maybe that's why as an adult he likes fantasy, SF, horror, magic realism, slipstream, interstitial, and whatever-you're-calling-it-over-smokes-and-coffee-this-morning. An author inspired by everything from Nabokov through Hindu superhero comics and Hong Kong cult action films, he has been known to write about squid, frogs, and fungus. Once, he wanted to be a marine biologist, but only so he could putter around in tidal pools.

Recent posts by Jeff


Warren Ellis and His “Dead Pig Collector”

Warren Ellis, creator of iconic comics and such noir-ish novels as Gun Machine, claims he’s never had to dispose of a human body. As he told, “Only animals. And, I suppose, very small children. But they're kind of like animals.” But after reading Dead Pig Collector, a Kindle Single...

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2013 World Fantasy Award Finalists Include N.K. Jemisin, Graham Joyce, and Ursula K. Le Guin

The World Fantasy Award ballot for excellence in the field in 2012 was announced yesterday. In addition to two lifetime achievement award winners, the brilliant Susan Cooper and Tanith Lee, the ballot includes finalists in categories ranging from best anthology to best short story. The nominees in the novel, anthology,...

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Bestseller Kim Harrison on “Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond”

Although bestselling urban fantasy writer Kim Harrison is known for her novels, she also has written short fiction—now collected in Into the Woods, out tomorrow in trade paperback from HarperVoyager. Some of these stories contain situations and characters from her popular Hollows series. The tales here include an original Hollows...

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“Scatter, Adapt, and Remember”: Annalee Newitz on Her Favorite Mass Extinction, Burrowing Herbivores, and More

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May, Annalee Newitz’s Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction is a fascinating and entertaining look at mass extinctions. Newitz, science journalist and editor of the science website, explains that although life on Earth has come close...

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Translation as an Act of Love: Ursula K. Le Guin and Squaring the Circle

Acts of translation are often truly international efforts. In the case of Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony, this is doubly true. Iconic writer Ursula K. Le Guin selected and translated 24 "Fantastic Tales" by the highly decorated Romanian writer Gheorghe Sasarma in this collection--but not in quite the...

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Magicians End

Bestselling Fantasy Author Raymond E. Feist on Thirty Years of Writing

Not many authors can claim to have had a wide readership for thirty years, but that’s exactly the milestone fantasy writer Raymond E. Feist celebrates this year. Back in 1982, Feist wrote his first novel Magician, a story about an orphan boy named Pug who is thrust by a war...

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Multiple-Nominee Elizabeth Bear on the Locus Awards

The finalists for the Locus Awards, given for excellence in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, have just been announced, and one name is very prominent among the nominees: Elizabeth Bear. That’s because she’s a finalist in not one, not two, but four categories: novella, novelette, short story, and collection (for...

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What They Were Reading: Sofia Samatar, Author of “A Stranger in Olondria”

For our new “What Were They Reading” feature, we ask writers what they read while working on their latest book. This time around, we asked Sofia Samatar, whose first novel A Stranger in Olondria was just published by Small Beer Press. Samatar is an American of Somali and Swiss German...

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Brian Francis Slattery on Winning the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award

As announced at Norwescon in Seattle recently, Brian Francis Slattery has won the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award for his post-collapse novel Lost Everything. The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction published in paperback original. "Winning, as it turns out, is pretty humbling," Slattery told...

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2013 Hugo Award Finalists Announced: Do You Have a Favorite?

The nominees have been announced for the 2013 Hugo Award for excellence in science fiction, as voted on by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention. The full ballot can be found here, and the finalists for best novel are: 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)...

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