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

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2012 Philip K. Dick Award Finalists Weigh in on PKD and the Competition

The nominees for the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award were announced recently. The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction published in paperback original format. Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot (Black Cat) Harmony by Keith Brooke (Solaris) Helix Wars by Eric Brown (Solaris) The...

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The Mysteries Behind Gwenda Bond's Blackwood

As reported recently, Gwenda Bond's first novel, Blackwood, has been acquired by MTV in a production deal with Lion's Gate and Kelsey Grammer's Grammnet Prods. And why not? The novel has a fascinating premise, based on the mystery surrounding the Roanoke Colony. Around 1590, 114 colonists disappeared, the only clue,...

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2012 Tiptree Award Winners Announced

The recently announced James Tiptree Jr. Award winners for SF or fantasy “that expands or explores our understanding of gender” should be very familiar to Omnivoracious readers, as both have been featured here: The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc Trade) Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam (Aqueduct Press)...

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Mad Scientist Cage Match: Which Talented Weirdo Will You Champion?

Billed as “original short fiction for the modern evil genius,” the new fiction anthology The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination features delightfully villainous and entertaining tales from the likes of Diana Gabaldon, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire. Edited by one of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror...

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Bestselling Author Julianna Baggott Returns with “Fuse”

Julianna Baggott’s mega-deal for book and film rights to her post-apocalyptic YA Pure series paid off when the first novel Pure went on to become a bestseller. The movie version is also going forward, with writer-director James Ponsoldt, the director of Smashed and The Spectacular Now, on board. The books...

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2013 Nebula Awards Announced

The 2013 Nebula Award finalists have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The nominees in the novel category are: Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz '13) Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor) The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Drowning Girl,...

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NYT Bestseller Lev Grossman with the Scoop on “The Magician’s Land”—Including Teasers

Fans of Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels The Magicians and The Magician King, which follow the adventures of Quentin Coldwater in the fantasy land of Fillory, have been waiting for more details on The Magician’s Land, the upcoming third book in the series. Omnivoracious decided to interview Grossman about the new...

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Eleven Dark Tales: Yoko Ogawa’s “Revenge”

Looking for something creepy yet sophisticated this month? Critically acclaimed Japanese writer Yoko Ogawa’s story cycle Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales might just be the answer. The author of such great reads as Hotel Iris and The Housekeeper and the Professor, Ogawa’s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and...

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“Listening for Madeleine”: An Interview with Leonard S. Marcus about L’Engle

Madeleine L'Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature and has enthralled millions of readers for the past fifty years. But to those who knew her...

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The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Collections of 2012

Among the many hats I wear besides novelist and faithful Omni correspondent is as founder of Cheeky Frawg, an indie press devoted to international fiction. This fall we’ve released Swedish writer Karin Tidbeck’s Jagannath: Stories. This unique fantasy collection’s been very well received, including a rave review by NPR’s “All...

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