Short story on nanosatellites in MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review published my new short story on nanosatellites in its July / August 2019 space issue. The magazine is experiencing a resurgence with its new editor Gideon Lichfield, who is prominently featuring science fiction as a way to explore the cutting edge issues of our time.

In Her Light is my whimsical take on the emergence of nanosatellites. Although first introduced in the 1960s, nanosats now come in various forms ranging from the miniscule (picosatellites) to the practical (CubeSats). The Planetary Society’s Lightsail 2 spacecraft is an example of a Cubesat. At the same time, companies such as Space X and Blue Origin are sending thousands of nanosats into space for various motivations.

As the story explains, these tiny satellites offer tremendous potential for improving communications and science. But how will we manage them all? And who owns and uses them? I explore these questions and others through Canadian and Kenyan protagonists. Thanks to Konstantin Kakaes for his insightful editing of the story.

Please pick up a copy at your nearest newstand. If you’re a traveler, that’s usually the airport.

 

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.

Interview on The Imaginaries Podcast

I had a fascinating and engaging conversation with Kend and Tony on The Imaginaries, a popular podcast that examines scifi and fantasy through a critical lens. We covered Afrofuturism, the Black Panther, Jurassic Park (my favorite) and lots of other cool topics. You can download the episode on iTunes. Or subscribe on the service of your choice here: https://www.imaginaries.net/

You can read the full transcript here (downloads from Dropbox.)

After the Flare nominated for 2018 Philip K. Dick Award

I was thrilled to learn that After the Flare was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, a major prize sponsored by the Philip K. Dick Trust and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. The award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

Here is the full list of nominees. Some of these are my favorite scifi writers!

  • The Book of Etta, Meg Elison (47North)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press)
  • The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot)
  • Revenger, Alastair Reynolds (Orbit)
  • Bannerless, Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com)

And if you’re not familiar with him, the late Philip K. Dick was a prolific science fiction writer whose work has been adapted for film and television over a dozen times. His ideas continue to influence our understanding of technology and society today.

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