We have a treat for you, fans of wonderfully conceptual, brilliantly realised, weirdcore science fiction. Matthew De Abaitua will be heading to Needlewriters Lewes to give a reading from his novel If Then this Thursday 12 January from 7PM.
If Then is actually set in Lewes and – fun fact – was written above the Needlewriters. It’s very British apocalypse, where civilisation is all but collapsed and renegade AI tries to recreate the First World War. Interest piqued? Well, here are a couple of reviews for you:
“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 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
“This is the kind of post-apocalypse, after-it-all-changed novel — with clever codicils — that the Brits do with so much more classy, idiosyncratic style than anyone else. It is full of magisterial weirdness, logical surrealism, melancholy joy and hopeful terror. If I begin to toss out names like Adam Roberts, Brian Aldiss, Keith Roberts, and J. G. Ballard, I will not be lavishing undue praise.”
– Paul Di Filippo
“One of the most intriguing and disturbing near-future speculations published for some years.”
– Strange Horizons
“De Abaitua builds on the promise he demonstrated in The Red Men in this intellectual science fiction novel, whose ambition is matched by its execution. The author’s thoughtful world-building is enhanced by a cast of relatable characters.”
– Publishers Weekly
Matthew will be joined by fellow authors Kay Syrad and Colin Bell on the night. Drinks and nibbles will be available, as will copies of If Then (cash and cheque only).
Full details of the event can be found here. Needlewriters can be found at the Needlemakers here: