42: The Southern Reach Trilogy

How many forms of uncanny weirdness can you cram into one trilogy? Can the Netflix model of binge consumption work for novels as well as TV shows? And should you settle for a mystery when you could have a mythos?

The Sometime Seminar discusses Jeff VanderMeer’s just-completed Southern Reach Trilogy of short weird/horror novels: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance (all 2014).

Supplementary links: a recent article by VanderMeer on real-world sources of fantastic fiction; VanderMeer’s editor quoted in the New York Times on binge-reading

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