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Author: Jeff VanderMeer Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Borne Series Release Date: December 2019 ISBN: 9781538485743
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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.

Jeff 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[VanderMeer] delivers vital ferocity in this darkly transcendent novel…It’s precisely that ferocity that makes ‘Dead Astronauts’ so terrifying and so compelling.”

    New York Times

  • “This is a Russian doll 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.”

    Esquire

  • “A work of literary science fiction in which the fate of humanity is at stake.”

    Vogue

  • "[A] darkly transcendent novel filled with phantasmagoric visions, body horror, and tortured beings traversing a blasted desert hellscape. Think The Last Judgment but with more animals…So terrifying and so compelling.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The final pages of Jeff VanderMeer’s Dead Astronauts tie everything together, making sense of what came before.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A relentlessly experimental novel, shifting viewpoints and styles, skipping through time frames and across cosmic distances, changing formats…Despite this complex approach, however, it is utterly accessible.”

    Toronto Star (Canada)

  • "Dead Astronauts is a kaleidoscopic and fractured mosaic…. The experience of reading it is a compulsively absorbing confusion…Yet the book is profoundly emotional.”

    NPR

  • “Sections of the novel are beautiful even when they are chilling; multiplying perspectives on similar events build a complexly layered narrative…While the novel is fantastical in many respects, it’s certainly not whimsical; it’s a collection of narratives that startles.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Takes [a] sense of invention and playfulness to the extreme, giving us a modern and post-modern tour-de-force unlike any mainstream science fiction novel written over the last two decades.”

    Locus

  • “Vandermeer is a master of literary science fiction, and this may be his best book yet.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Vandermeer’s follow-up to Borne explores the multiple pasts and futures of the City and the sinister Company that twists and destroys countless living things.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Emily Woo Zeller reprises her role as the listener’s guide through the beguiling postapocalyptic “Borne” world. While part of a series, the story is accessible as a stand-alone with its own protagonists…Attuned vocal characterizations of nonhuman characters—including an isolated behemoth, a dark bird, and a mysterious blue fox—facilitate entry into this mesmerizing realm.”

    AudioFile

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  • A 2019 Locus Recommendation
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Best Books to Keep You Up at Night
  • Finalist for the Locus Award

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About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. He has twice won the World Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, Philip K. Dick Award, International Horror Guild Award, British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the World Fantasy Award. His fiction has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and in multiple anthologies. His recent books have made the year’s best books lists of Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Amazon.com. He writes nonfiction for the Washington Post, New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

About the Narrator

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.