Elsewhen Press signs debut literary SF novelist

Elsewhen Press has announced that Sanem Ozdural, a New York attorney, has signed a publishing deal with them for her first novel.

The novel is set in a near-future where a secretive organisation has developed technology to transfer the regenerative power of a body’s cells from one person to another, conferring extended or even indefinite life expectancy.  As a means of controlling who benefits from the technology, access is obtained by winning a tournament of chess or bridge to which only a select few are invited.  At its core, the game is a test of a person’s integrity, ability and resilience.  The fantastic nature of the game’s technology is made all the more credible by the familiarity of the contemporary setting, giving the story a definite slipstream feel.

Elsewhen Press adopts a digital-first policy, initially publishing new titles in ebook format and subsequently in print editions, the reverse of most long-established publishing houses. “This approach allows us to be more innovative and exciting,” explained Al Murray, Managing Publisher of Elsewhen Press, “and to publish titles that would otherwise be beyond the resources of a small independent publisher”.

Sanem Ozdural’s debut novel will be published in a digital edition in summer 2012 and in a print edition in the autumn.