Simon & Schuster has bought a debut science fiction novel by a Neuroscience graduate.
The publisher’s editorial director, Anne Perry, pre-empted world English language rights for Do you dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh as part of a two-book deal from Judith Murray of Greene & Heaton and will publish the title in spring 2019.
The novel begins a century ago with scientists who believed that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. In the modern day, 10 astronauts depart a “dying Earth” to find it. An S&S spokesperson said: “It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two, years spent in close quarters with no one to rely on but each other and no rescue possible, should something go wrong. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice.”
Oh graduated from King’s College London in 2015 with a BSci in Neuroscience where she studied topics such as 'Philosophy of the Mind' and 'Space Physiology'. While at KCL, she founded a book-club, Neuroscience-fiction, where she lead discussions about science fiction books which focus on the brain. Oh began writing the novel before receiving an MA in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh.
Perry said: “Terra-Two had me gripped from the first page – indeed, I became so absorbed in it while on a train journey that another passenger actually tapped me on the shoulder to ask what I was reading. Temi writes with incredible power and imagination, and with such heart that I know readers will fall as hard for her book as I have. I’m thrilled to welcome her to Simon & Schuster.”
Oh said: “I am so lucky to be working with Anne Perry at Simon & Schuster and very grateful for their response to my book. I feel as if I’ve taken Terra-Two everywhere with me for the past couple of years, stayed up many nights to write it, and even typed paragraphs out on my phone during parties, or scribbled chapters of it on paper-bags while temping in shops."
Murray said: “Temi’s debut novel Terra-Two took my breath away: I love the ambition and scope of Temi’s world, the sense of awe she inspires as she shows what human beings can aspire to and achieve – and most of all the delicious pleasure of her wonderful story-telling and creation of characters you fall in love with." She added: "I think Temi has a great future ahead of her."