Outer Spaces

That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.

Black holes are hyperobjects; nuclear materials such as uranium and plutonium, with their deep-time half-lives, are hyperobjects; global warming and mass species extinction are hyperobjects. We know, we live with, the local effects of these phenomena, but mostly they are quite literally beyond our ken. In one sense they are abstractions; in another they are ferociously, catastrophically real.

Jeff VanderMeer


Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014