The Weird World of Jeff VanderMeer

Interview with Jeff VanderMeer What inspired you to write your newest book, Borne? I had an image in my head of a woman reaching out and seeing something that reminded her of her childhood, something like a sea anemone. It reminded me of my own childhood growing up near Fiji. The image just happened to…

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Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor, and the author of the New York Times bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy and his newest novel, Borne. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year’s-best anthologies. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

Alyssa Menold

Alyssa Menold is an illustrator currently working out of Grand Rapids, MI. She was inspired to pursue illustration as a child, when she’d spend hours browsing books, not just for their content, but for their beautiful covers. That childhood love of magical dragons and spaceships never faded, and today most of her work is in the science fiction and fantasy genres. She received her BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design, where she currently teaches as an adjunct. Now she is working on her MFA in illustration at Hartford Art School. Check out her work at

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