This week, FSG Originals is proud to release its very first hardcover publication. Area X is a beefy (“I don’t think the brilliance of the Corral cover is as clear until you hold the hardcover in your hands,” Jeff says), three-in-one volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s beloved Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. It’s also an appropriate capstone to the adrenaline-fueled, “rapid fire” publication of the series: twelve months, three—well, four—books, and one very intrepid author.
Read a debriefing with Jeff and his editor here, and another with Suvdu’s Shawn Speakman here. There’s an excerpt and a flipbook (Maps! Fungus Safety protocol! Owl camoflauge!) here. Southern Reach playlists at Largehearted Boy. And here’s Jeff on how to wash a mouse for Electric Literature, embracing something you fear for TimeOut New York (also, check out their list of the best books of 2014), “Tidal Pool Rules” for My Bookish Ways, “The Uncanny Power of Weird Fiction” for The Atlantic, and “Describing the Indescribable” (with designer Peter Mendelsund) for BoingBoing. BuzzFeed and Book Riot both included Area X in their round-ups of exciting November books. All highly recommended pieces for any reader who’s been contaminated by Area X.
Still not sated? Still have burning questions? Talk to Jeff! He’ll be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything at 3pm on Tuesday, December 2nd.
It’s worth mentioning, too, this video of the extraordinary Ursula K. Le Guin accepting an award for her distinguished contribution to American letters at the National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday night. Le Guin shares the award, she says, with “all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long: my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction.” It was in fact a bad ass speech, and an inspiring tribute to writers testing the boundaries of literary fiction.