Annihilation, Annotated

Jeff VanderMeer
Chapter 1

Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, which is publishing throughout 2014: volume two (Authority) in May, and volume three (Acceptance) in September. Here, courtesy of Rap Genius, is the first chapter of Annihilation with annotations by the author.


Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year’s best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others.

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