Authority, Annotated

Jeff VanderMeer
Chapter 1

Jeff VanderMeer's Authority

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

Previously: Annihilation, Annotated


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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  • Clay Scott Brown

    Super cool annotations. I found Authority most interesting, almost a sort of ‘spiritual malaise’ which to me, would be more ‘indelible’, it appears to be a ‘patch’ of land that is not ‘proceeding’ with ‘our’ preconceived notions. As if say, there was not Christianity there… nothing to ‘hold’ onto as billions of men and women denote themselves as belonging to… in thought if not deed.

    That surely would be ’cause’ for Pandemonium! … Anything so Popular for so very long actually not getting it’s ‘feel’ would be dramatic, but I think it may be time to be more ‘adult’ about our ‘Spiritual Crypts’ up there in the ether.

    Instead of the silliest of questions: does ‘god’ exist, maybe we should focus on man and woman… do they exist? Just seeing one day in and day out sure isn’t a cause for celebration.

    At least not yet.

    Mr. Vandermeer’s ‘intelligent fiction’ feels more like fact to me. And I mean, why not have some Scary lights on Earth… goodness knows there hasn’t been a ‘light show’ since, well, since someone or something parted an ocean.