Veniss Underground
Jeff VanderMeer

U.S. Trade Paper
Feb-March '03 (Prime)

U.S. Ltd. Hardcover
May '03 (Night Shade)

U.K. Trade Paper
Oct. '03 (TOR UK)




Genetically altered, intelligent meerkats play a large role in Veniss. Therefore, we proudly present some Meerkat Lit facts - and a rotating meerkat. To ask the rotating meerkat a question, visit:

There are very few citations of the meerkat (Suricata suricatta) in scientific, historical, or literary works--less, perhaps, than any creature save the civets, genets, and lindsangs.

The Dictionary of Literary Biography makes reference to Andre Norton's novel The Beast Master, in which "Hosten Storm is the human member of a scouting team in which the animals, Baku, an African eagle; Hing, a meerkat; and Surra, a dune cat, are equals of human beings in skill and sensitivity."

The writer Don Sakers states, biographically, "I live at Meerkat Meade in suburban Baltimore with Thomas Atkinson, my legal-in-Vermont spouse."

A recent article in Science News, 9/01, discusses research on meerkat pups. It concludes, after much heavy handed verbosity, "that young meerkat pups get fatter when they have more adult meerkats to pester for food."

Additional occurrences of the work "meerkat" can found in the following articles. Unfortunately my own busy experimentation precludes me reading the entirety of these.

"Predation, Group Size and Mortality in a Cooperative Mongoose, Suricata suricatta," Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol. 68, No. 4. (Jul., 1999), pp. 672-683.

"Fecal Methanogens and Vertebrate Evolution," Evolution, Vol. 50, No. 2. (Apr., 1996), pp. 559-572.
("A determination of methane emissions by 253 vertebrate species confirmed that competence for intestinal methanogenic bacteria is shared by related species and higher taxa, irrespective of different feeding bits."--this is the canonical text on meerkat farts)

"Is There Teaching in Nonhuman Animals?" Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 67, No. 2. (Jun., 1992)

"Mongoose Predation on Sea Turtle Eggs and Nests," Biotropica, Vol. 15, No. 2. (Jun., 1983), pp. 159-160.

"The Evolution of Monogamy: Hypotheses and Evidence," Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, Vol. 11. (1980)

"On the Evolution and Adaptive Significance of Postnatal Growth Rates in the Terrestrial Vertebrates," Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 53, No. 3. (Sep., 1978)

"Kuanyama Ambo Magic. 6. Medicinal, Cosmetical, and Charm Flora and Fauna," The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 69, No. 272. (Apr.-Jun., 1956), pp. 147-174.

("The Wild Dog [ombidi] and the Bushy-tailed Meerkat [haluni]. These animals are taboo and cannot be killed.")

"The Fable of the Visit of the Truthful Man and the Liar with the Monkeys, and the Adventure of Reynard and Isengrim with the Apes," Modern Language Notes, Vol. 4, No. 8. (Dec., 1889)

- Provided by Michael Simanoff

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