Highlights from the Brooklyn Book Festival

The event was standing room only, and I appreciated the opportunity to join extraordinary novelists NK Jemisin, Malka Older, and Eugene Lim in conversation. We sold out of books!

Later in the evening I played in the Brooklyn Book Festival ping pong tournament — and won! Here’s a Tweet.

Strong review of After the Flare in Booklist

Booklist is a site perused by booksellers and librarians, so I was excited to see this positive review by John Keogh. You can read the full review here if you have an account. Here is an excerpt:

Olukotun weaves together a broad spectrum of subjects: engineering and archaeology, culture and politics, biohacking and cybernetic animal technology, ancient tribal wisdom and magical stones. With such an original premise, the story is well-paced, with compelling characters and a subtle sense of humor. – John Keogh, Booklist

Book tour dates announced for After the Flare

It’s happening! My book tour kicks off at the Brooklyn Book Festival, with author NK Jemisin — who just won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel for the second year running. You can also join me at official launch at Greenlight Books on October 3.

Tour Dates 

Brooklyn Book Festival

with NK Jemisin, Malka Older, and Eugene Lim

Sunday, September 17, Brooklyn, NY

Book Launch at Greenlight Books

in conversation with Yinka Adegoke, editor of Quartz Africa

Tuesday, October 3rd, Brooklyn, NY

Changing Hands Bookstore

with Joey Esrich, Center for Science and the Imagination

Thursday, October 19, Tempe, Arizona

Future Tense / New America

with Lucianne Walkowicz, Astrobiology Chair at the Library of Congress

Wednesday, November 8, 6pm, Washington, DC

Texas Book Festival

Saturday, November 4, Austin, TX

Yale University

November 28, New Haven, CT

More tour dates to come!

Future Tense Fellowship

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected as a Future Tense Fellow.

Future Tense is a remarkable interdisciplinary collaboration between Slate, Arizona State University, and the New America Foundation that explores the frontiers of science, art, and policy.

Earlier this year, I joined Future Tense for a conversation on Mars exploration with science fiction author Karl Schroeder, and I also met the director of Space X and leading NASA officials.

I’m excited to be joining the extraordinary list of current fellows, and look forward to our collaboration.

After the Flare gets starred review in Kirkus

I was psyched to receive a great positive review of After the Flare in Kirkus Reviews:

Olukotun manages these complex threads of story with a wily grace, weaving them into a surprising and briskly paced plot while also reveling in an abundance of inventive, vivid detail. In this version of Nigeria, a fascination with tribal identity exists alongside new technological devices that bring together animals and computer technology—geckolike phones, a malicious hacking spider—and a complicated monetary system that combines cowrie shells with block chains.

The book comes out in September. You can pre-order it here (Amazon) and here (Independent bookstore).