Gollancz has acquired two “sweeping” science fantasy novels by Philip K Dick Award-winning author Simon Morden.
Associate editor Simon Spanton bought world rights to the two books from Antony Harwood of Antony Harwood Ltd.
The first book will be Down Station, about a small group of commuters and Tube workers who witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel, and step through a door to find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland.
Spanton said: “It’s a real thrill to be publishing Simon Morden especially with a book that takes your expectations and plays with them in such an entertaining way. It’s been a long time since I read a novel that had such a unique feel and which kept me guessing as much as Down Station. It’s an absorbing step into a constantly surprising world. And Simon is full of more equally fascinating proposals. It’s wonderful that he’s joined Gollancz."
Morden said: "I’m obviously delighted that Gollancz is publishing Down Station and its sequel. It's entirely natural that these strange, wonderful stories have found a place at a strange and wonderful publisher. It feels very much like coming home."
Down Station will be released as a £16.99 trade paperback and £8.99 e-book on 18th February 2016.