Angry Robot has signed a two books from Arthur C Clarke-nominated author Matthew De Abaitua.
The publisher bought world English rights in a deal wit Sarah Such of Sarah Such Literary Agency.
The first book, If Then, is a novel in two parts, covering both the First World War and an English town in the near-future, where an economic collapse has left people under the control of an algorithm known as The Process. It will be published in September 2015. The second book, The Destructives, is described as "Mad Men" in space, and will follow in 2016.
M.d. and publisher Marc Gascoigne said: "“I was and am a big fan of Matthew's debut novel The Red Men (Gollancz), so leapt at the chance to read his new novel, If Then. I think I was about two chapters in when I knew we had to buy it for Angry Robot. Then the swine let me read the opening of The Destructives too, and of course we bought that as well. He reminds me of the very best boundary-pushers of English SF, including Christopher Priest and M John Harrison."
De Abaitua has previously worked as Will Self's amanuensis, and lectures on creative writing at Brunel University and the University of Essex.