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.)

Keynote at Biosphere 2, Crafting the Long Tomorrow

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I’ll be a keynote speaker at the Crafting the Long Tomorrow conference, hosted by the University of Arizona. And it’s at Biosphere 2! Biosphere and Biosphere 2 were the seminal experiments in sustainable living in the early 90s. This grand experiment in the middle of the Sonora desert sparked the imaginations of many children, including myself.

Crafting the Long Tomorrow is a three-day, small-scale conference at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 near Tucson, Arizona. Biosphere 2 has emerged as a leading site for arts, sciences and humanities dialogues. This meeting, which coincides with the 101st anniversary of the death of the world’s last Carolina Parakeet, will encourage innovative and inventive presentations and conversation, with an eye toward public-facing engagement outcomes…

The physical sciences tell us civilization and the biosphere face extreme consequences from global trends humans have set in motion, especially climate change. Multiple disciplines can illuminate both the global emergency and the long tomorrowcrafting approaches, some likely deeply unsettling, that could extend the lifespan of our species and others. Some still deliberate about the messiness of what used to be called the two cultures of arts and sciences, even as scholars have usefully blurred those boundaries.

I’ll be reading from my novel After the Flare and discussing science fiction in Africa, creative inspiration, and Marvel’s Black Panther.

Major film company options After the Flare and Nigerians in Space

I’m thrilled to announce that my novels After the Flare and Nigerians in Space were optioned by a major film company! This milestone is a huge vote of confidence in my writing, along with my 2018 Philip K. Dick Special Citation for After the Flare.

At the moment I can’t disclose too many details, but watch this space. The best way to help get my work onto the big screen is to buy my books, enjoy them, and tell your friends.

Thanks to everyone who has helped make this moment come to fruition — you know who you are.

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.