press release: annihilation


“Wonderfully creepy.” — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)

“Thoroughly suspenseful.”— Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

“VanderMeer unfolds a tale as satisfying as it is richly imagined.”
— Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

Book 1 of the Southern Reach trilogy
A novel by Jeff VanderMeer
published by FSG Originals
February 4, 2014
$13.00 | ISBN: 978-0-374-10409-2

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

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. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife. Scott Rudin Productions and Paramount Pictures have optioned the Southern Reach trilogy.

Tour Dates for Annihilation
Feb. 3 – Elliott Bay in Seattle, WA
Feb. 4 – Powell’s Books in Portland, OR
Feb. 8 – Writers with Drinks hosted by Charlie Jane Anders in San Francisco, CA
Feb. 11 – City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, CA
Feb. 26 – McNally Jackson with editor Sean McDonald in New York, NY
Feb. 27 – WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY
April 12-13 – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 24-27 – Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock, AK

Additional events for the Southern Reach trilogy TBA in Tallahassee, FL / Miami, FL / South Carolina / Asheville, NC / San Diego, CA / Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX, and other cities in the United States & Canada.

For media and event queries, please contact Alyson Sinclair, publicist, at or 612.201.3867. Visit for more information.