|Author Ever Dundas|
The novel is set in a fictional UK, where HellSans is a ubiquitous typeface, enforced by the government in all communications and in all public spaces as the ultimate control device. The majority of the population experience bliss when they see the typeface, but there’s a minority who are allergic to it. HellSans Allergy Sufferers (HSAs) are persecuted, and live on the streets or in a ghetto on the outskirts of the capital.
“HellSans was written as a response to my experience as a disabled person in Tory austerity UK,' Dundas explains. 'When the pandemic hit, everyone talked about suddenly existing in a dystopia, but disabled people had already been living a dystopia of stigma and discrimination for over a decade. HellSans is first and foremost a science fiction thriller but also reflection of that experience.'
Dundas won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award for debut novel Goblin, which was their Major Project while studying on the Creative Writing MA programme at Edinburgh Napier University.
HellSans was acquired by Angry robot editor Simon Spanton who describes the novel as fierce, fast and fun. 'It shines a
bright light on how society works against the marginalised. Passionate
but never preachy, HellSans does exactly what SF does best: makes you think
about how things are and how things could be. Being able to welcome Ever, such an active and
involved voice in so many parts of the Scottish publishing scene, to
Angry Robot is a really exciting development for us.'