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“When you are too close to the center of a mystery there is no way to pull back and see the shape of it entire.” - Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

Jeff VanderMeer is a Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror author, who has written the Southern Reach Trilogy. He is also known for being associated to the New Weird literary genre.

Since the beginning of the author's career in the 1990s, VanderMeer has writen several novels, short-fictions, anthologies and collections. He's well known for his Science Fiction and Horror novels, usually associated to the New Weird literary movement. Critically aclaimed, the author also reached mainstream success with the Southern Reach trilogy, which was later adapted into the single movie Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland.

His wife Ann VanderMeer is also an award-winning publisher and co-edited many of Jeff's publications.[1] Ann and Jeff work together in the VanderMeer Creative Inc., managing workshops, masterclasses, and book projects.[2] Currently, Jeff VanderMeer is working on the forthcoming novels The Journals of Doctor Mormeck and The Book Murderer.



List of Jeff VanderMeer's publicated novels:

  • Dradin, In Love (1996)
  • The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris, by Duncan Shriek (1999)
  • City and Saints and Madmen (2001)
  • Veniss Underground (2003)
  • Shriek: An Afterword (2006)
  • Predator: South China Sea (2008)
  • Finch (2009)
  • Annihilation (2014)
  • Authority (2014)
  • Acceptance (2014)
  • Borne (2017)
  • Dead Astronauts (2019)
  • A Peculiar Peril (2020)
  • Hummingbird Salamander (2021)
  • Ambergris (collection - 2021)


VanderMeer has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award 14 times. He has also won an NEA-funded Florida Individual Writers' Fellowship, and, the Le Cafard Cosmique award in France and the Tähtifantasia Award in Finland, both for City of Saints. He has also been a finalist for the Hugo Award, Bram Stoker Award, International Horror Guild Award, Philip K. Dick Award, and many others. Novels such as Veniss Underground and Shriek: An Afterword have made the year's best lists of, The Austin Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Publishers Weekly, among others. [3]

Other Awards include:

  • 2000 – World Fantasy Award for the novella The Transformation of Martin Lake
  • 2003 – World Fantasy Award for his anthology Leviathan 3 (with Forrest Aguirre)
  • 2009 – World Fantasy Award nomination for Finch
  • 2009 – Nebula Award nomination for Best Novel for Finch
  • 2012 – World Fantasy Award for his anthology The Weird (with Ann VanderMeer)
  • 2013 – BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction for Wonderbook
  • 2013 – Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction for Wonderbook
  • 2013 – Hugo Award nomination for Wonderbook
  • 2013 – World Fantasy Award nomination for Wonderbook
  • 2014 – Nebula Award for Best Novel for Annihilation
  • 2014 – Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel for Annihilation