The Destructives is the new science fiction novel by Matthew De Abaitua and is published by Angry Robot this week. Matthew was born in Liverpool in 1971 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1994, after which he lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk. Self & I, his memoir of that time, will be published by Aardvark Bureau this May. Matthew’s first novel, The Red Men, was published in 2007 by Snow Books and was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His book about camping with his family, The Art of Camping, was published by Penguin in 2012. He has worked as Deputy Editor of The Idler and as Literary Editor of Esquire, has written and presented a nine-part documentary series for Channel 4 about British science fiction called SF:UK, and is currently a Creative Writing lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Essex.