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Dead Astronauts
A Novel
By (author): Jeff VanderMeer

ISBN:

9780771049200

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
Dec 03, 2019
$21.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

7.47in x 5 x 0.88 in | 0.62 lb

Page Count:

336 pages
McClelland & Stewart
FICTION / Dystopian
New York Times bestselling novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s latest—an exhilarating short novel set in the ruins of a future city amidst a world of biotech gone wrong and the nonhuman.

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—both human and otherwise—converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth—all the Earths.

TIMELY AND TOPICAL: Among other things, Dead Astronauts is about biological experimentation gone awry and its massive environmental consequences.

BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF BORNE: The Southern Reach trilogy was very much Jeff’s breakout moment, not only selling lots of copies but earning him prominent mainstream and genre coverage that perfectly positions him as the next literary crossover star, a la Neil Gaiman. Borne was perfectly (but not cynically) built to ride that momentum, and Dead Astronauts, set in the same universe, is similarly built to continue in that vein.

NETFLIX AND TELEVISION ADAPTATIONS TO COME: With the box office success of Annihilation it is no surprise that Borne has been optioned by AMC and that Jeff’s forthcoming novel, Hummingbird Salamander (M&S 2021), will be adapted by Netflix.

EXISTING FANBASE, WITH POTENTIAL TO GROW: There’s a huge opportunity to expand Jeff’s presence in the Canadian market. With a 2-book commitment and backlist reissue plans, we will be strategic in positioning and ambitious in reaching new readers/fans.

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED M&S AUTHOR: Jeff’s passion, enthusiasm, and dedication, not just to his wonderful and weird ideas, but to being an endlessly passionate activist for the environment and other things that are so important to him, make Jeff a dream author for media and events in addition to his strong social media presence.

New York Times bestselling writer Jeff VanderMeer has been called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues. His most recent novel, the national bestseller Borne, received wide-spread critical acclaim and has been added to the National Endowment for the Arts prestigious Big Reads program. His prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance). Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, has been translated into 35 languages, and was made into a film from Paramount Pictures directed by Alex Garland. His nonfiction has appeared in New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and the Washington Post. He has coedited several iconic anthologies with his wife, the Hugo Award winning editor. Other titles include Wonderbook, the world’s first fully illustrated creative writing guide. VanderMeer served as the 2016-2017 Trias Writer in Residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He has spoken at the Guggenheim, the Library of Congress, and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination.

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

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