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A mind-bending, relentlessly face-paced science-fiction thriller, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a page turner that propels its reader into a different dimension.
Jason Dessen hears only six words before a masked abductor knocks him unconscious: “Are you happy with your life?” The next thing he knows, he awakens strapped to a gurney surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits, one of whom smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” Nothing here in this world in which he has awakened is the same. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved the impossible.
Is it this world, or the other that is the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how will he make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could have imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
Dark Matter is author Blake Crouch’s exploration on the nature of identity. A brilliantly plotted tale with twists and turns that are at once sweeping and intimate, wildly strange and profoundly human. Dark Matter is about the choices we make, the paths not taken, and how far we will go to claim the lives we dream of.
The Guardian praised Dark Matter as “the most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you’ll read all year” upon its release in 2016, while Book Reporter called it “one of the best books of any year… or any reality.” The novel is currently being adapted into a series for Apple+.
ABOUT THE EDITIONS
The signed limited edition of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Hilary Clarcq as well as a new exclusive introduction by Andy Weir and a bonus essay “The Story Behind Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by Blake Crouch, Hilary Clarcq and Andy Weir. The Artist edition is signed by Hilary Clarcq.
The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a handbound Bradel binding with a leather spine and Japanese cloth over boards, using three different colors of cloth which are distributed equally across the print run, and assigned randomly. The cover features a foil stamped label and the endsheets are illustrated. The edition is printed offset on archival Cougar Vellum paper, and is housed in a die-cut embossed paper covered slipcase revealing the cover label below. It is signed by Blake Crouch, Hilary Clarcq and Andy Weir.
A NOTE ON THE TYPOGRAPHY
Dark Matter zips between alternate realities—and required more typefaces than usual. In instances like this, designers will rely on superfamilies which often include a serif version and complimentary sans serif. Here we’ve used Matthew Carter’s recently released Role, one of the latest entries into the superfamily genre with four families in a whopping 200 styles. (We only used a few of them.) We chose Role because it is a cohesive collection of good letterforms designed to help tell a story, not be the story.
Our display face is Wolpe Fanfare Black, originally designed in 1937 by Berthold Wolpe for the exclusive use of the Fanfare Press. The version we’ve used is Toshi Omagari’s digital revival from 2017. Its bold, brash letterforms brought just the right sense of immediacy to this thriller where there’s no time to waste.
Product info: PREORDER (ETA: Winter 2022), published by Suntup Editions
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