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.
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.
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.