The Destructives

Teaching Creative Writing

matthew de abaitua creative writing university of essex

I am a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. I teach Writing and Understanding Science Fiction to third-year undergraduates and writing the novel for postgraduates on the MA. Studying a Creative Writing degree at Essex. from University of Essex on Vimeo.

“A strong contender for the PKD Award”

Asimov's Science Fiction

Paul Di Filippo has reviewed The Destructives for Asimov’s Science Fiction. It’s a good review, insightful, from a critic who knows his stuff. A nice way to end the year. “What we have here is J. G. Ballard does John Varley, or David Marusek by way of M. John Harrison, with frostings of Philip K.…

Strange Horizons review IF THEN and The Destructives

Strange Horizons

Andy Sawyer has reviewed my two science fiction novels IF THEN and The Destructives for the prestigious Strange Horizons. He writes, “together they make one of the most intriguing and disturbing near-future speculations published for some years.” I responded to this review because it comes from an experienced and well-considered critic. According to his Wikipedia…

The Destructives cover

The Destructives, science fiction, Matthew De Abaitua

Here is RAID71’s cover for The Destructives. It shows Theodore Drown in his sensesuit, exploring the replica of early twenty first century house that is erected in a cavern beneath the university of the moon. The various obscurities of that sentence will become clear when the novel is published by Angry Robot in the UK…

Angry Robot acquire novels

Giddy with excitement, I can announce that publisher Angry Robot have acquired my next two SF novels: IF THEN, for publication in the UK and US in September 2015, and The Destructives in 2016. The full announcement is on the Angry Robot site. IF THEN is finished and I’m keen to discover what readers make…