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.

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