Ramez NaamAngry Robot has signed debut novelist, Ramez Naam for two books in a new science fiction series. The first title – Nexus – will be Angry Robot’s lead title in January 2013, with the sequel, Crux, to follow later in the year.

In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.

How awesome does that sound? No need to answer that  – we’ll tell you: very!

The deal was negotiated by Angry Robot editor Lee Harris, and Naam’s agent Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency.

Seattle-based Naam, a computer scientist who helped build Internet Explorer, Outlook and Bing for Microsoft is the HG Wells Award winning author of the non-fiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Of his signing to Angry Robot, he said, “I’m ecstatic to be part of the Angry Robot family and to get my novels Nexus and Crux out to readers.”

But, of course.

Editor, Lee Harris stated “Every now and then I come across a submission that completely blows me away. Nexus is one such book – an intelligent science fiction novel written by one of the most exciting debut novelists I’ve had the pleasure to read.”