Check out Kathe Koja’s interview with Jeff VanderMeer for Weird Fiction Review about The Cipher and writing weird fiction at

I won’t reprise the interview here. Please do visit the link to read the real deal.

VanderMeer had a New York Times bestseller last year, The Southern Reach Trilogy, in which his characters explore a mysterious forbidden realm, ostensibly a wildlands, that defies explanation and transforms all who venture into it.

Rather like the Funhole in The Cipher! If you enjoyed VanderMeer’s trilogy last year, you must read Koja’s classic in the Philip K. Dick Award Storybundle.

In the interview’s conclusion, Kathe touches on how growing up Catholic affected her childhood sense of wonder. That remark lead to the Q and A between her and Elizabeth Hand that follows.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

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