Jeff VanderMeer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books including novels and fiction anthologies. He has won the Nebula Award, the British Fantasy Award, and, three times, the World Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award. He is the cofounder and assistant director of Shared Worlds, a unique fantasy and science fiction writing camp for teenagers. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
If worldbuilding gives you an S-class migraine, never fear. There's one book that every speculative fiction writer should read to learn about proper worldbuilding: Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer. This handy how-to guide deserves a spot on your writer's bookshelf... Bustle In the gorgeously illustrated Wonderbook, Vandermeer generously gives away some of his tricks. Your dad can finally start that novel he's been talking about. Refinery29 Even if you write stories already, there is a lot to be learnt here and it might also sort out any writer's blocks you have when you think you're written yourself into a corner. Reading how various authors get around this should at least prove no problem is insurmountable, even if you have to re-write your draft. Learn and digest. SFcrowsnest Whether you're a novice writer wanting to get that story out of your head onto paper, or a seasoned author, you're going to find much to consider in this. Highly recommended. 10/10 SciFiBulletin Wonderbook is one of the best books about writing I've ever read or experienced. - Nnedi Okorafor, Author Aspiring writers of imaginative fiction - whether science fiction, fantasy or other kinds - are in for a treat: a new update to the fiction-writing guide Wonderbook, by Jeff VanderMeer... it's gorgeous to page through and substantial enough to last new (or medium) writers a good long time. Space.com VanderMeer ambitiously sets out to help readers get creative, and he does it with a rule-breaking book full of illustrations. The Portalist This newly revised and expanded edition of VanderMeer's essential guide to crafting fantastic stories includes a great section on writing environmentally themed fiction. EcoWatch