New scifi story and audiobook in Lightspeed Magazine

Lightspeed Magazine published my short story Between the Dark and the Dark in the June 2019 issue. The issue features an audio version of the story and an interview where I talk about my inspiration. If you’re not familiar with it, Lightspeed is published by John Joseph Adams, a leading publisher and thinker in the realms of fantasy, horror, and scifi.

Short version here: interstellar travel will be hard and we’ll have to put a lot of thought into how we conserve food and water. I take a look at how we might evolve culturally to deal with these challenges, with lots of suspense and futuristic technology built in. I’ve been interested in Central American and African cultures for most of my life and this story builds upon those passions.

Photos from book launch of After the Flare at Greenlight Books

Thanks to everyone who came out to the launch of After the Flare at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn. I had a great conversation with Yinka Adegoke, editor at Quartz, and celebrated the new novel with friends, fans, and family. Next stop on the book tour — Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona on Thursday, October 19. Find out more about the event here.

  • Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
  • Yinka Adegoke with Deji Bryce Olukotun. Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
  • Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
  • Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
  • Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
  • Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
  • Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome

 

Book launch of After the Flare on Tuesday, October 3 at Greenlight Books

Join me for the official launch of my new novel After the Flare at Greenlight Books on October 3. I’ll be speaking with Yinka Adegoke, a pathbreaking editor at Quartz and an expert on African innovation. We’ll have beer and wine and good conversation.

RSVP here on Facebook (optional, but helps with making sure we have enough beer and wine for you beautiful people.) And please spread the word. Here’s a Tweet you can share.

The official link on the Greenlight Books website is here.

When: Tuesday, October 3rd, Brooklyn, NY
Where: 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (map)

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).

The changing faces of science fiction: notes from my event with PEN America

Thanks to PEN America for hosting a thought-provoking event at KGB Bar. Over the course of two hours, I joined Maria Dahvana Headley (the Magonia trilogy) and Haris Durrani (Technologies of the Self) for a fascinating discussion about science fiction and fantasy.

We discussed African, Queer, and Muslim perspectives on writing, including what excites us and terrifies us as authors. I especially enjoyed their thoughts on world-building, which as a writer is one of the most enjoyable and difficult aspects of crafting a speculative fiction story. You’ll be able to find the rich catalog of stories we referenced during our discussion on the event page at Pen.org. And I recommend you check out Maria and Haris’s stories. They’re good.

Lead photo credit by Bayo Olukotun

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photo credit: PEN America