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New York, NY, October 25, 2022—Simon & Schuster announced today that it will publish THE FUTURE by bestselling author Naomi Alderman. The acclaimed author of The Power, Alderman’s writing has been  praised as “our era’s Handmaid’s Tale” by The Washington Post. The book topped Barack Obama’s list of his favorite books of 2017, was recommended by Bill Gates, named a best book of the year by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and was awarded the Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction. Amazon will be launching the TV adaptation of the novel in 2023, starring Toni Collette.

A compulsive technological thriller, THE FUTURE is a tour de force of intelligence and storytelling, marrying white-knuckle narrative propulsion with an intellectually dazzling critique of the world we have made, in which a few billionaires profit on the lives of many and lead us willingly to our doom.

Tim O’Connell, Editorial Director of Fiction at Simon & Schuster, acquired US, Open Market, first serial, and audio rights from Simon Lipskar at Writers House on behalf of Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates in the UK. The book is scheduled for publication in fall 2023. Additionally, Rights were sold in the UK to 4th Estate and in Canada to HarperCollins.

Of the acquisition, Tim O’Connell says, “With THE FUTURE, Naomi Alderman has redefined what a thriller is capable of. It is the story of our lives, that is both a warning shot and galvanizing work of relentless entertainment. It is an editor’s dream to receive a submission from an author as accomplished as Naomi, and we are thrilled to have her as a cornerstone of the Simon & Schuster fiction program going forward.”

Naomi explains, “THE FUTURE is a novel which has almost been dictated to me by the roiling urgency of the world today—the opportunity and the despair, the great hopes and the terrible fears. I’ve always believed that the novel can ‘bring the news’. So that’s what I’m hoping to do: to sketch a way forward from where we are now. With explosions. And drone swarms. And a love story.”

Naomi Alderman is most recently the bestselling author of The Power, which was won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and more. Alderman is also the author of The Liars’ Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers. She is the cocreator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run!.

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