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Dead Astronauts

Dead Astronauts

A Novel

Jeff VanderMeer



A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden.

Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth—all the Earths.

So they ran threaded through the breaches, found the seams. So they ran with a memory of the City without buildings. So they navigated two worlds: the new and the old. When the ancient seabed had been green with reeds and lakes and the low salt-poisoned...

Praise for Dead Astronauts

Praise for Dead Astronauts

"VanderMeer is a master of literary science fiction, and this may be his best book yet." —Kirkus (starred review)

Praise for Jeff VanderMeer

“Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it’s a thorough marvel.” —COLSON WHITEHEAD

“Creepy and fascinating.” —STEPHEN KING, on The Southern Reach Trilogy

“[Jeff VanderMeer] makes the horrific beautiful.” —NISI SHAWL, The Seattle Times, on Annihilation

“Unsettling and un-put-down-able—like an old-fashioned adventure story, only weirder, beautifully written and not at all old-fashioned.” —KAREN JOY FOWLER, BookPage, on Annihilation

“More than just a horror novel; there’s something Poe-like in this tightening, increasingly paranoid focus. But where Poe kept his most vicious blows relatively oblique, VanderMeer drives them deep—albeit in a corkscrewing way that is not less cruel and exquisite.” —N.K. JEMISIN, The New York Times Book Review, on Authority


Reviews from Goodreads

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer’s New York Times–bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into more than 35 languages. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award, was short-listed for a half dozen more, and has been made into a movie. His novel Borne was the first release from Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s new MCD imprint and has received wide critical acclaim, including a rare trifecta of rave reviews from The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. The novel has also been optioned by AMC, and it continues VanderMeer's exploration of themes related to the environment, animals, and our future. The New Yorker has called VanderMeer “the weird Thoreau,” and he frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling, including at DePaul, MIT, and the Guggenheim. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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