When Chris Jaynes is fired from his professorship (in part because of his Poe obsession), things happen fast. First he obtains a manuscript that proves that Poe's narrative, is not fiction but based on truth. The next thing we know, Jaynes is off to Antarctica with an oddly assorted crew, which includes his cousin, his childhood friend, his ex-wife, her current husband, and a dog. Soon after that, the world as we know it is pretty much destroyed, they discover a lost race, and the adventures really begin.
Social satire, academic satire, and lots more. Plenty of laughs, and if you have it in for the painter of light, you'll get a lot of satisfaction from this, too. Great footnotes. When you're in the mood for something different, give this one a look.