Titan Books has signed three books from novelist and comics writer Adam Christopher.
The Spider Wars series will begin with The Burning Dark, a space opera revolving around Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland, given one last mission before his early retirement—decommissioning a distant spaceship orbiting a toxic star known as Shadow.
The Burning Dark will be published in paperback in March 2014.
Natalie Laverick at Titan Books signed UK and Commonwealth rights from Stacia Decker at the Donald Mass Agency.
Laverick said: "The Burning Dark is a wonderfully dark space opera with an intensely creepy atmosphere and absorbing mystery at its centre."
Christopher was born in New Zealand, and has written several comics and novels, with his debut, Empire State (Angry Robot), named as SciFi Now magazine's book of the year and a Financial Times book of the year in 2012.