After the Flare wins Philip K. Dick special citation award

Really honored to have received a Special Citation at the Philip K. Dick Awards. Held at a delightful ceremony at Norwescon in Seattle, I was able to meet other fantastic authors such as Ken Liu and Meg Elison. The PKD Awards are the only science fiction awards that feature live readings from nominees, which I enjoyed while drinking a pan-galactic gargle blaster (below.)

I read a passage about a cybernetic spider from my novel After the Flare, and during my acceptance speech I underscored the importance of imagining a better future for yourself. So often, I have seen in my social justice work that the first things repressive societies do is try to rob you of your imagination. Because if you can’t imagine a better life for yourself, you won’t struggle for one, and you can more easily be dominated. This is especially important for scifi writers of color and marginalized voices.

Thank you to the hosts of Norwescon and the organizers of the awards, who made me feel welcome and only my deepened my love for the science fiction community.

A pan-galactic gargle blaster.

After the Flare makes ‘best of’ lists on Washington Post, The Guardian, Tor, Kirkus, Syfy, more

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Thank you to all the reviewers and readers who have enjoyed After the Flare. You can get the novel here (Amazon) and here (indie bookstore).

Washington Post  Best Science Fiction and fantasy to read this month (December) | Reviewer: Everdeen Mason

The Guardian  Best Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2017 | Reviewer: Adam Roberts

Syfy.com  Best Science Fiction Books of 2017 | Reviewer: Swapna Krishna

Tor.com  Reviewers Choice: the best Books of 2017 | Reviewer: Jared Shurin

Kirkus Reviews  Best Books of 2017

Ink and Paper Blog  7 Books that surprised me in 2017 | Reviewer: Russell

The Millions  Most Anticipated Books of September (2017) | Reviewer: Lydia Kiesling

 

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).

New! Pre-order my novel After the Flare

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I’m thrilled to announce that my new novel, After the Flare, is available for pre-Order on Amazon from Unnamed Press.

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From the cover:

A catastrophic solar flare reshapes our world order as we know it – in an instant, electricity grids are crippled, followed by devastating cyberattacks that paralyze all communication. Kwesi Bracket is an industrial engineer who works for NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, running space-walk simulations for astronauts. When the flare hits, his life quickly disintegrates – he loses his job and his wife leaves him, forcing him to take care of his daughter by himself. Meanwhile, America slowly descends into chaos as people turn inward to protect themselves.

Bracket soon discovers that Nigeria operates the only functioning space program in the world, which is recruiting scientists to launch a daring rescue mission to save a famous astronaut stranded aboard the International Space Station. With Europe, Asia, and the U.S. knocked off-line, and thousands of dead satellites about to plummet to Earth, Bracket heads to Kano in Northeastern Nigeria. But what he finds there is anything but normal. In the aftermath of the flare, the country has been flooded with advanced biohacking technologies, and the scramble for space supremacy has attracted dangerous peoples from all over Africa. What’s more: the militant Islamic group Boko Haram is slowly encroaching on the spaceport, leaving a trail of destruction, while a group of nomads has discovered an ancient technology more powerful than anything he’s ever imagined.

With the clock ticking down, Bracket – helped by a brilliant scientist from India and an eccentric lunar geologist – must confront the looming threats to the spaceport in order to launch a harrowing rescue mission into space. In this sequel to Nigerians in Space, Deji Bryce Olukotun poses deep questions about technology, international ambition, identity, and space exploration in the 21st century.

Pre-orders make a huge impact on sales and reviews. By buying After the Flare in advance, you’re voting for a different kind of literature and sci-fi — one that I hope you’ll find entertaining and challenging.

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