New Story in Watchlist by O/R Books

I’m really excited to have been published in the new fiction collection The Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest by O/R Books. Expertly edited by Bryan Hurt, the book features some fantastic writing by authors such as Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, and Carmen Maria Machado. It is the first fiction collection on surveillance after Edward Snowden revealed the scale and scope of the global surveillance regime.

My story in this collection, We Are the Olfanauts, was published in Electric Literature. You can read a great introduction to the story by Bryan Hurt on the page.

Short story published in Electric Literature


Electric Literature featured my short story We Are the Olfanauts in its “Recommended Reading” series. I’m really honored — it’s a fantastic publication with a wide readership. The short story features a young Kenyan man whose job is to sort through the content at the world’s hottest new tech company — which specializes in scented social media. The story, which you could call science fiction, is part of the fiction collection Watchlist by O/R Books edited by Bryan Hurt. Basically, I was interested in the people behind the smooth user experiences of surfing social media like Twitter and Facebook. Who are the human beings tasked with examining our expressive content, which can sometimes be the worst that humanity has to offer?

I spent a few years developing this story, with lots of starts and stops, so it was great to have it published, and to have it featured on such a great site.

You can read the story here.

Nigerians in Space nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award

I was thrilled to learn (by Twitter!) that Nigerians in Space has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award:

I also picked Olukotun’s novel as one of my favorite works of speculative fiction in 2014. In mid-90’s Houston, Dr. Wale Olufunmi is tasked with stealing a piece of the moon from the United States and returning it to Nigeria.

You can get the book here.

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