A 2020 LOCUS AWARD FINALISTJeff 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. 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.
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Praise for Dead Astronauts
"[A] darkly transcendent novel filled with phantasmagoric visions, body horror and tortured beings traversing a blasted desert hellscape . . . terrifying and so compelling."
--CHELSEA LEU, The New York Times Book Review
"A Mobius strip of a novel, with each chapter containing worlds upon nested worlds, all of them dreamlike and dark. In this shattered landscape, VanderMeer explores urgent ideas about capitalism, greed, and natural destruction."
--ADRIENNE WESTENFELD, Esquire
"VanderMeer is a master of literary science fiction, and this may be his best book yet."
--Kirkus (starred review)
"For any adventurous fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror, this book offers not only a rewarding read but, like, a thing to possess."
--ROBIN SLOAN, author of Sourdough
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, author of Nickel Boys
"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