Author Event With Jeff VanderMeer
: 7 p.m. Monday, March 14
: Vanderbilt's Wilson Hall, Room 126
The province of Jeff VanderMeer’
s Southern Reach
trilogy is Area X — a deserted Lovecraftian zone inspired by the author’s hikes through St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, but which makes the post-airborne-toxic-event madhouse of Don DeLillo’s White Noise
seem like a KOA campground. Here there be monsters, and sentient fungi, and other anomalies that have already claimed 11 previous expeditions as 2014’s Nebula Award-winning Annihilation
opens; the 12th launches an inquest that resumes in the subsequent novels Authority
, entwined with the workings of the shadowy Southern Reach organization that sponsored (and sabotaged?) the expeditions.
VanderMeer’s new futuristic novel Borne
is coming this year from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, while Ex Machina
’s Oscar-nominated writer-director Alex Garland prepares the movie version of Annihilation
; in the meantime, VanderMeer will give a free reading and lecture on climate fiction as part of Vanderbilt’s Eos Project, a campus-wide effort to increase understanding of environmental issues.