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IF THEN by Matthew De Abaitua / Book Launch
Thursday, 3 September 2015 at 6.30pm
We are delighted to announce that local writer Matthew De Abaitua will be launching his new novel IF THEN (published by Angry Robot) at the shop on Thursday 3 September. Doors will open at 6.30 p.m. Drinks will be served and copies of IF THEN will be signed. The event, of course, is free. Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you can join us!
About IF THEN:
In the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. Human life has become totally algorithm-driven, and James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented.
But now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war — the First World War. Mysteriously, the Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.
“Sumptuously written, with prose that glitters with a dark lustre like a Damien Hirst fly collage. intricately plotted, and a satirical point as sharp and accurate as the scalpel of a brain surgeon: De Abaitua operates on the smiling face of the present to reveal the grimacing skull of the future.” - Will Self
About Matthew De Abaitua:
Matthew lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk, after he graduated with an MA in Creative Writing. His short story ‘Inbetween’ was included in the bestselling anthology Disco Biscuits and adapted as a short film by Channel 4. His first novel The Red Men (Snowbooks 2007, Gollancz ebook 2013) was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. In 2013, the first chapter was adapted as a short film ‘Dr. Easy’ by directors Shynola (produced by Film4 and Warp) as a precursor to a feature film, currently in development. ‘Dr. Easy’ currently has had 237k views on Vimeo.
Matthew currently lectures on Creative Writing at Brunel University and Writing Science Fiction at the University of Essex. You can find Matthew online at his website: www.harrybravado.com and on Twitter @MDeAbaitua.
For further information please visit: www.angryrobotbooks.com