Jeff VanderMeer könyvei a rukkolán

Jeff VanderMeer - Expedíció
Az ​X Térséget a kormányzat már harminc éve környezeti katasztrófa sújtotta övezetnek álcázza, így mostanra az érintetlen és burjánzó vadonnak látszó terület csupa misztikum és rejtély az emberek szemében. A Déli Végek nevű titkos ügynökség ez idő alatt számos expedíciót küldött a hely felderítésére - szinte mindegyik tragikus véget ért. Most indul útnak a tizenkettedik expedíció. A kutatócsoport négy nőből áll: egy antropológusból, egy geodétából, egy pszichológusból és egy biológusból. A küldetésük felderíteni a terepet és mintákat gyűjteni, feljegyezni minden tudományos megfigyelést a környezetről és egymásról, valamint mindenek felett elkerülni az X Térség természetfeletti hatását. Az expedíció mindenre felkészülve indul útnak, és hamar megdöbbentő felfedezéseket tesz - például talál egy megmagyarázhatatlan topográfiai jelenséget és olyan életformákat, amik meghaladják a megértés képességét -, de mégsem ezek, hanem a tagok egymás elől gondosan elrejtett titkai változtatnak meg mindent. Jeff Vandermeer Déli Végek-trilógiájának az első kötete szépirodalmi magasságokba emelkedő, sodró lendületű, mélyen elgondolkodtató sci-fi, ami az ismeretlennel való szembenézésről szól. Mind a világban, mind magunkban legbelül.

Jeff VanderMeer - South ​China Sea
On ​a remote South China Sea island, a deadly hunt is underway... but not the kind of expedition the participants expected. In this remote, jungle-covered island somewhere between Thailand and Indonesia some of the most exotic animals in the world have been gathered as the prizes in a challenge of human against nature. The hunters come from all walks of life. Each has come to the island for personal reasons, some secret, some deadly. But when the encampment's owner, ex-Khmer Rouge Colonel Rath Preap, finds the fences cut and his security men missing, it's clear that the game has turned. And as the hunters battle for survival, they discover there is another creature out for blood... an adversary that has faced death on a thousand worlds - a Predator with an unstoppable lust for conquest!

Jeff VanderMeer - Hummingbird ​Salamander
From ​the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things. Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control. Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out—for her and possibly for the world. Hummingbird Salamander is Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.

Ann VanderMeer - Jeff VanderMeer - The ​Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals
A ​perfect gift book, this sumptuously illustrated and whimsically bite-sized bestiary is the definitive—in fact, only—guide to the kosherness (kashrut) of imaginary animals. It is an undomesticated romp from A to Z, including E.T., hobbits, Mongolian Death Worms, and the elusive chupacabra. This fantastical journey embarks upon a hilariously contentious debate between the alter-ego of acclaimed fantasist Jeff VanderMeer (a.k.a. Evil Monkey) and his editor/collaborator wife Ann VanderMeer (Steampunk, The New Weird). Once and for all, burning questions passed down through the ages will be addressed, such as: Is a vegetable-lamb a vegetable or a lamb? Does licking the Pope make you trayf? What exactly is a Pollo Maligno? Does a Sasquatch taste stringy? As featured on Boing Boing and Jewcy.com and brought to you by the same creative team that gave you The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, this irreverent abecedary is the must-have present for anyone seeking to broaden their imaginary culinary experiences guilt-free.

Jeff VanderMeer - City ​of Saints and Madmen
In ​City of Saints and Madmen, Jeff VanderMeer has reinvented the literature of the fantastic. You hold in your hands an invitation to a place unlike any you’ve ever visited–an invitation delivered by one of our most audacious and astonishing literary magicians. City of elegance and squalor. Of religious fervor and wanton lusts. And everywhere, on the walls of courtyards and churches, an incandescent fungus of mysterious and ominous origin. In Ambergris, a would-be suitor discovers that a sunlit street can become a killing ground in the blink of an eye. An artist receives an invitation to a beheading–and finds himself enchanted. And a patient in a mental institution is convinced he’s made up a city called Ambergris, imagined its every last detail, and that he’s really from a place called Chicago.… By turns sensuous and terrifying, filled with exotica and eroticism, this interwoven collection of stories, histories, and “eyewitness” reports invokes a universe within a puzzlebox where you can lose–and find–yourself again.

Jeff VanderMeer - Booklife
The ​world has changed, and with it the craft of writing. In addition to the difficulties of putting pen to paper, authors must now contend with a slew of new media. This has forever altered the relationship between writers and their readers, their publishers, and their work. In an era when authors are expected to do more and more to promote their own work, Booklife steers readers through the bewildering options: -What should authors avoid doing on the Internet? -How does the new paradigm affect authors, readers, and the fundamentals of book publication? -What’s the difference between letting Internet tools use you and having a strategic plan? -How do authors protect their creativity while still advancing their careers? -How do you filter out white noise and find the peace of mind to do good work? Award-winning author, editor, and Web-entrepreneur Jeff VanderMeer shares his twenty-five years of experience to reveal how writers can go about: -Using new media: blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, podcasts, and IM -Effectively networking in the modern era (why it’s not all about you) -Understanding the lifecycle of a book and your role in the publication process -Finding balance between your public and private lives and personas -Creating a brand and identity tied to your strengths and your writing -Working with your publisher: editors, publicists, marketing, and sales -Taking the long view: establishing short- and long-term professional goals -Getting through rejection and understanding the importance of persistence -Enjoying and enhancing your creative process and more

Jeff VanderMeer - The ​Strange Bird
The ​Strange Bird – from Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation – expands and weaves deeply into the world of his ‘thorough marvel’ (Colson Whitehead) of a novel, Borne. The Strange Bird is a new kind of creature – she is part bird, part human, part many other things. But now the lab in which she was created is under siege and the scientists have turned on their animal creations. But, even if she escapes, she cannot just soar in peace above the earth. The farther she flies, the deeper she finds herself in the orbit of the Company, a collapsed biotech firm that has populated the world with experiments both failed and successful: a pack of networked foxes, a giant predatory bear. But of the many creatures she encounters, it is the humans – all of them now simply scrambling to survive – who are the most insidious, who still see her as simply something to possess, to capture, to trade, to exploit. Never to understand, never to welcome home. With The Strange Bird, Jeff VanderMeer has done more than add another layer to his celebrated novel Borne. He has created a fresh perspective on the world inhabited by Rachel, Wick and Borne – a view from deep inside the mind of a new kind of creature who will fight and suffer and live for the tenuous future of this world.

Jeff VanderMeer - A ​Peculiar Peril
The ​first book in a new YA fantasy duology from a bestselling genre-expanding master, about a teenager who embarks on a quest to protect the world from an alternate universe where magic abounds and history has been rewritten. After Jonathan Lambshead’s elusive grandfather dies, the recently orphaned teenager inherits the family mansion—and its contents. Jonathan soon discovers that the mansion’s basement holds more than just oddities: three doors serve as portals, with one leading to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where magic abounds, history has been re-written, and an occult dictator called Aleister Crowley leads an army pillaging alt-Europe. Jonathan learns of his destiny as a member of The Order, a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora, and embarks on an epic quest to protect Earth from Crowley’s dark magic. Over the course of the duology, Jonathan uncovers more of the worlds outside of our own, the magic that permeates them, his own destiny, and the secrets buried in his family history.

Jeff VanderMeer - Dead ​Astronauts
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.

Jeff VanderMeer - Veniss ​Underground
In ​his debut novel, literary alchemist Jeff VanderMeer takes us on an unforgettable journey, a triumph of the imagination that reveals the magical and mysterious city of Veniss through three intertwined voices. First, Nicholas, a would-be Living Artist, seeks to escape his demons in the shadowy underground–but in doing so makes a deal with the devil himself. In her fevered search for him, his twin sister, Nicola, spins her own unusual and hypnotic tale as she discovers the hidden secrets of the city. And finally, haunted by Nicola’s sudden, mysterious disappearance and gripped by despair, Shadrach, Nicola’s lover, embarks on a mythic journey to the nightmarish levels deep beneath the surface of the city to bring his love back to light. There he will find wonders beyond imagining…and horrors greater than the heart can bear. By turns beautiful, horrifying, delicate, and powerful, Veniss Underground explores the limits of love, memory, and obsession in a landscape that defies the boundaries of the imagination. This special edition includes the short stories “The Sea, Mendeho, and Moonlight”; “Detectives and Cadavers”; and “A Heart for Lucretia” and the novella Balzac’s War, offering a complete tour of the fantastic world of Veniss.

Jeff VanderMeer - Kolibri ​szalamandra
_Zseniális ​spekulatív thriller az_ Expedíció _szerzőjétől sötét összeesküvésről, veszélyeztetett fajokról és a lehetséges világvégéről._ „Jane Smith” biztonsági tanácsadó kap egy borítékot, benne egy raktár kulcsával, amely egy kitömött kolibrit és egy kitömött szalamandrához vezető nyomokat rejt. Silvina, a halott nő, aki az üzenetet hátrahagyta, hírhedt ökoterrorista volt és egy argentin iparmágnás lánya. Amikor Jane elviszi a kolibrit a raktárból, olyan események sorozatát indítja el, amelyek hamar kicsúsznak az irányítása alól. Nemsokára Jane és a családja is veszélybe kerül, és alig néhány szövetséges segít megérteni neki a veszély valódi mértékét. Vajon az egyetlen út a biztonságba, ha követi Silvina lépteit? Vagy túl késő leállni? Miközben Jane kétségbeesetten keresi a válaszokat arra, miért vette fel vele a kapcsolatot Silvina, ő – és talán a világ is – kifut az időből. A _Kolibri szalamandra_ Jeff VanderMeer kápráztató, filmszerű stílusának legjavát nyújtja. Feszes és váratlan csavarokkal teli történetté szövi a klímaváltozás, az identitás és az általunk lakott világ legalapvetőbb kérdéseit.

Jeff VanderMeer - Acceptance
It ​is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown—navigating new terrain and new challenges—the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting. In Acceptance, the last installment of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying.

Jeff VanderMeer - Authority
In ​the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened ...Following the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in 'Annihilation', the second book of the Southern Reach trilogy introduces John Rodriguez, the new head of the government agency responsible for the safeguarding of Area X. His first day is spent grappling with the fall-out from the last expedition. Area X itself remains a mystery. But, as instructed by a higher authority known only as The Voice, the self-styled Control must battle to 'put his house in order'. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the mysteries of Area X begin to reveal themselves-and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he's promised to serve. Undermined and under pressure to make sense of everything, Rodriguez retreats into his past in a labyrinthine search for answers. Yet the more he uncovers, the more he risks, for the secrets of the Southern Reach are more sinister than anyone could have known.

Jeff VanderMeer - Annihilation
If ​J.J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel . . . it might be this awesome Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything. Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, which will be published throughout 2014: volume two (Authority) in June, and volume three (Acceptance) in September.

Jeff VanderMeer - Finch
In ​a deserted tenement in an occupied city, two dead bodies lie on a dusty floor as if they have fallen out of the air itself. One corpse is cut in half, the other is utterly unmarked. One is human, the other isn't. The city of Ambergris is half ruined, rotten; its population controlled by narcotics, internment camps and acts of terror. But its new masters want this case closed, urgently. Detective John Finch has just one week to solve it or be sent to the camps. With no ID for the victims, no clues, no leads and precious little hope, Finch's fate that hangs in the balance. But there is more to this case than first meets the eye. Enough to put Finch in the cross-hairs of every spy, rebel, informer and traitor in town. Under the shadow of the eldrich tower the occupiers are raising above the city, Finch is about to come face to face with a series of mysteries that will change him and Ambergris forever. Why does one of the victims most resemble a man thought dead for 100 years, what is the murders' connection to an attempted genocide nearly 600 years ago, and just what the secret purpose of the occupier's tower?

Jeff VanderMeer - Wonderbook
This ​all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.

Jeff VanderMeer - Borne
Rachel ​guberálásból él a jövő egy porig rombolt, névtelen városában. Az egyik nap egy furcsa teremtményt talál Mord, a gigantikus zsarnoki medve bundáján, aki egykoron a Vállalat nevű biotech cég folyosóin nevelkedett, majd a rajta végzett kísérletek után megnőtt, a kínzások eredményeként pedig megőrült és elszabadult. Azóta rettegésben tartja a várost, de ugyanakkor élelemmel is ellátja a bujkáló lakókat. Rachel a teremtményt Borne-nak nevezi el, aki először semmire se hasonlít – egy kis zöld dudor csupán, ami akár a Vállalattól is eredhet. A Vállalatról pedig azt pletykálják, hogy habár jelentős károkat szenvedett el, de mindmáig létrehoz furcsa lényeket, és olyan távoli helyekre küldi őket, ahova még nem ért el a pusztulás. Rachel és Borne között különösen szoros kapcsolat alakul ki, de ebben a világban minden kötelék csapda, és bármilyen gyengeség könnyen megölheti az embert. A lány hazaviszi a teremtményt a földalatti menedékébe, és a drogokkal kereskedő szeretőjét, Wicket is sikerül meggyőznie, hogy fogadják be a titokzatos jövevényt. De ebben a furcsa háromszögben mindenkinek titkai vannak, és amit Rachel a Vállalat épületének elfeledett mélységében talál, az mindent és mindenkit örökre megváltoztat. Jeff VanderMeer a lenyűgöző Déli Végek-trilógia után egy olyan, a műfajt még jobban feje tetejére állító regénnyel jelentkezik, ahol sem a múlt, sem a jelen, sem a jövő nem az, aminek látszik. A _Borne_ az év egyik legeredetibb regénye, amely szerzőjét végérvényesen teszi korunk egyik legfontosabb sci-fi írójává.

Jeff VanderMeer - Kontroll
A ​Déli Végek nevű titkos ügynökség immáron harminc éve küld expedíciókat az X Térségbe, ebbe a távoli és a civilizációtól rejtélyesen elzárt, veszedelmes vidékre, a természetfeletti jelenségek titkainak kiderítése céljából. A tizenkettedik expedíció után azonban a Déli Végek mély válságba kerül, ezért megbízzák John Rodriguezt − ismertebb nevén Kontrollt −, hogy állítsa helyre a rendet. Számos kihallgatás, rengeteg titkos dokumentum és közel kétszáz órányi videofelvétel megtekintése után úgy tűnik, mintha feltárulna előtte az X Térség vészterhes valósága − ám amit Kontroll megtud, az végzetes lehet számára, ugyanis nemcsak a Déli Végeket illetően kell szembenéznie a kegyetlen igazsággal, hanem saját magával kapcsolatban is. A Kontroll hajmeresztő folytatása az Expedíciónak, és a Déli Végek-trilógia befejezését olyan mesteri cselekményszövéssel készíti elő, amire a sci-fiben rég nem volt példa.

Jeff VanderMeer - S. J. Chambers - The ​Steampunk Bible
The ​Steampunk Bible is the first book of its kind: a fully illustrated compendium that traces the roots and history of this subculture, from the work of its godfathers—Jules Verne and H. G. Wells—to the key figures who first coined the word that would spawn a literary genre and the vast community of craftsmen and artists who have translated that spark into a lifestyle with clothing and accessories. This ultimate manual, filled with scores of illustrations and photographs, will capture a world seen through aviator goggles, including the history, literature, film, art, crafts, television, comics, and fashion created by Steampunks the world over. In these pages you’ll find a do-it-yourself project from Steampunk Workshop founder Jake von Slatt and interviews with Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan, and Sean Orlando, creator of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship. Steampunk fashion photographer Libby Bulloff captures different styles for sporting spats, cravats, corsets, and goggles, while Difference Engine co-author Bruce Sterling pens a user’s guide to the subculture.

Jeff VanderMeer - Borne ​(angol)
_“Am ​I a person?” Borne asked me._ _“Yes, you are a person,” I told him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”_ In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company—a biotech firm now derelict—and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech. One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts—and definitely against Wick’s wishes—Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford. _“He was born, but I had borne him.”_ But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.

Jeff VanderMeer - A ​vadászok szigete
Egy ​eldugott sziget a Dél-kínai-tengeren, egzotikus állatokkal benépesített dzsungellel. Egy magán vadászterület. A legkülönfélébb emberek jönnek ide, s azért fizetnek, hogy szórakozhassanak. Senki nem kérdezi, honnan jöttek, vagy hogy miért, mindenkinek megvan a maga titka. Azonban más is rejtőzik a dzsungelben. A sziget kameráit és kerítéseit tönkretették, az illegális vadászatot vezető ezredes katonái is sorra tűnnek el, ahogy a sziget állatait is mészárolja valami. Nem is sejtik, hogy egy igazi Ragadozó gyűjti áldozatait, egy lény, aki ezer másik világon nézett már szembe a halállal. A szigetre érkező embereknek nem csak a trófeákért, hanem saját életükért is meg kell küzdeniük. Az idegen ellenséggel csak a legjobbak vehetik fel a harcot. De vajon képesek-e szembeszállni a Ragadozóval, aki számára a vadászat maga a létezés célja?

Jeff VanderMeer - Area ​X
Area ​X—a remote and lush terrain—has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. A new team embarks. As they press deeper into the unknown—navigating new terrain and new challenges—the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting.

Jeff VanderMeer - The ​Third Bear
The ​award-winning short fictions in this collection highlight the voice of an inventive contemporary fantasist who has been compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka. In addition to highlights such as 'The Situation', in which a beleaguered office worker creates a child-swallowing manta ray to be used for educational purposes and 'Errata', which follows an oddly familiar writer who has marshalled a penguin, a shaman, and two pearl-handled pistols with which to plot the end of the world, this volume contains two never-before-published stories. Chimerical and hypnotic, this compilation leads readers through the post-modern into what is emerging into a new literature of the imagination.

Jeff VanderMeer - Fantomfény
Az ​X Térség támadásba lendült, és felemésztette a kutatására létrehozott ügynökséget, a Déli Végeket. Van, aki ott rekedt, de még dolga van odabent. Van, aki visszatér, és van, aki hazatér oda. Van, aki még mindig válaszokat keres, míg mások csak a túlélésre játszanak. Van, aki még harcol az ismeretlennel, és van olyan is, aki már csak megismerni szeretné, ha meg nem is értheti. Az X Térség pedig felfedi történetét és titkait, de azok jelentősége és következményei talán még mélyebbek és ijesztőbbek az eddigi bizonytalanságnál. Mert hatással vannak az egész világra – már ha létezik még az eddigi világ, és érdemes egyáltalán félteni azt. Az X Térségben lévőknek pedig személyes szinten is meg kell találniuk a választ: létezik-e még korábbi énjük, és érdemes-e harcolni érte, vagy jobb elfogadni a változást? Jeff VanderMeer Déli Végek trilógiájának befejező kötete zseniális ötvözete és betetőzése az első két résznek. A cselekményszövés és az elbeszélés különleges módja még hatásosabbá teszi ezt a mesteri, hátborzongató, elgondolkodtató és izgalmas regényt, ami messze túlmutat a sci-fi határain.