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File Under: Science Fiction [ Dystopian Nightmare | Typography Matters | Artificial Friends | Nevertheless Resist ]


HellSans is a ubiquitous typeface, enforced by the government. It appears in all communications and in all public spaces. The ultimate control device. The majority of the population experience bliss when they see it, but there are some who are allergic. Rather than being helped, the HellSans Allergic (HSAs) are persecuted, and forced to live on the streets on the outskirts of the city. Jane Ward is the CEO of the company that manufactures the Inex. This is a cyborg doll-like creature that has replaced the smart phone as the essential aid and accessory. She has everything, until she falls ill with the allergy and becomes embroiled in the government’s internal power struggles. She loses her job and her wealth and ends up on the streets. That is, until she is rescued by Dr Icho Smith. Icho is a scientist who has developed a cure for the allergy, but she is on the run from the government and the Seraphs (the ‘terrorist’ group), who all have their own agenda for the cure. Jane and Icho work together, aiming to expose government corruption and bring the cure to the HSAs. HellSans is written in three parts. Parts one and two can be read in either order which provides a unique approach to the perspectives of the haves and have-nots…

HellSans by Ever Dundas

£9.99 Regular Price
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  • Format: Paperback

    ISBN: 9781915202215

    Publisher: Angry Robot 

  • “A smart and unique dystopian thriller… Give this one to readers who like their heroes morally ambiguous.”
    – Library Journal


    “Dundas’s wildly imaginative debut tackles big ideas of identity, narrative, surveillance, and the societal marginalization of queer and disabled people, while also working as a dark, emotionally centered thriller full of both unsettling absurdity and psychological resonance… Clever metatextual elements and dubious narrators enhance the ride. The harrowing worldbuilding and strong message make this stand out.”
    – Publishers Weekly, starred review


    “If you like your near future sci-fi dystopia delivered straight up, then HellSans will pull you into a dark, brilliantly imagined world. We are lucky to have Ever Dundas’ inimitable talent, HellSans’ rage, love and sorrow is perfectly contained!”
    – Jenni Fagan, bestselling author of Luckenbooth

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