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New Treasures: The Red Men by Matthew de Abaitua

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 | Posted by John ONeill

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The Red Men, Matthew de Abaitua’s debut novel, was originally published in trade paperback in 2009 by British fantasy small press Snowbooks. This is the first US edition. It follows de Abaitua’s two previous novels with Angry Robot, IF THEN and The Destructives.

In his acknowledgements de Abaitua says the theory of time as a solid state that he explores in the book “was put to me in an Italian restaurant in Northampton by Alan Moore.” The Red Men was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award, and filmmakers Shynola adapted the first chapter into a gripping short called Dr. Easy, which you can watch here. The book was widely praised when it first appeared; Will Self said “De Abaitua operates on the smiling face of the present to reveal the grimacing skull of the future.” And Golden Apples of the West said “With The Red Men, De Abaitua joins the ranks of Philip K Dick, J G Ballard, Rudy Rucker and Lavie Tidhar, writers who see and understand what’s happening to reality before the rest of us do.”

The Red Men was published by Angry Robot on November 7, 2017. It is 368 pages, priced at $7.99 in paperback and $6.99 for the digital version. The cover is by Raid71.

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