Abaddon Books



2 years ago

Abaddon Books, Rebellion Publishing's cutting-edge imprint for smart and subversive fiction, is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Death of a Clone by Alex Thomson, a hard science fiction and mystery crossover title that deals in the unexpected, set to be released in 2018. 

Alex Thomson, represented by Red Sofa Literary Afency, is an exciting new voice in science fiction and Abaddon is pleased to bring his particular brand of genius to readers everywhere. 

Abaddon Editor-in-Chief, David Thomas Moore, had this to say: 

"'Miss Marple meets action sci-fi' isn't an obvious fit, but Thomson's taut, claustrophic thriller pulls it off. This is a clever, original story that fans of cozy mystery and hard SF alike will delight in. I'm very excited to be putting it out there."

Thomson commented: 

"After many months of scribbling down ideas and plot twists into a dog-eared notebook on my daily commute to London, I found a story which I was excited about, and the chapters started to flow. I am now thrilled to see these scrawls being transformed into a book, by a publisher which has always championed new authors and exciting genres. Abaddon is a perfect fit for Death of a Clone, and I am honoured to be joining their stable of authors." 

Death of a Clone will publish into the UK, US, and Canada in both trade paperback and eBook in 2018. Read on for more about the book and make sure to follow us for more updates about this title! 


The Overseers may call it Hell, but for Leila and the other clones, the mining base on asteroid Mizushima-00109 is the only home they've every known. But then, Leila's sister Lily is murdered, and the Overseers seem less interested in solving the crime than in making their mining quota and returning to Earth. 

Leila decides to find the murderer, just like the heroes in her old detective novels would. But Hell is a place of terrible secrets, and a love of cozy mysteries may not be enough to keep Leila from ending up like her sister.


Alex Thomson worked in publishing for twelve years, and had recently changed careers to take up teaching. He wrote Death of a Clone on the train during his daily commute to London, scribbling away in biro in a notebook, surrounded by sweaty commuters. He has two small and lively boys, which explains why trying to write at home is not always a realistic option. His short fiction has been published in the Nocturne anthologies. When not writing, he can be found whiling away the hours in board game cafes or playing the bongos.