Granta Books has signed To Be a Machine: Encounters with a Post-Human Future by Mark O'Connell.
Senior editor Max Porter signed UK and Commonwealth rights at auction from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown on behalf of Amelia Atlas at ICM.
The book is described as "intellectual anatomy" of the transhumanist movement, those who believe technology can enable mankind to transcend the biological conditions of humanity, blending history, cultural criticism, in-depth profiles and essayistic reportage.
Porter said: “This is an outstanding piece of work. Mark’s proposal could be cryogenically frozen to show the robots of the future what a perfect non-fiction pitch was in 2014. To Be a Machine will be deeply intelligent, profoundly timely and frequently hilarious. All of us at Granta believe we have found a non-fiction super star.”
North American rights were sold to Doubleday and deals in other foreign territories are being negotiated. To Be a Machine will be published in 2016.