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Manchester Review Issue 18: 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction

Manchester Review Issue 18: 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction

In 2015 I wrote a short story called “Mother’s Love“, which was longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa Prize. Tomorrow, Friday 21st July 2017, Mother’s Love will appear as a reprint in issue 18 of the Manchester Review, a special issue titled 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction. This special issue is edited by none other than Geoff Ryman, and it brings some much deserved attention to the rise of African Speculative Fiction over the recent years. Feast your eyes…

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A Surma girl scouting the Horsehead Nebula

A Surma girl scouting the Horsehead Nebula

There’s a picture I saw today of former astronaut Anna Lee Fisher, and also a picture of a Surma man. Suddenly, I got the idea to fire up The Gimp to replace Fisher’s face with that of a Surma girl and have the new Surma astronaut overlook the Horsehead Nebula. Here are the results:         Save Save Save

Flash fiction: Bodycatcher

Flash fiction: Bodycatcher

The writing prompt for this piece of flash fiction came from an amazing art work by Patrick Brannvoll I found on Instagram. Poor kids have the decency to either go to prison or go offworld on an asteroid miner. It’s these self-important, entitled middle-class kids. Can’t find work, their families fallen on hard times, and the next thing you know? Student loan default. Too scared to do 10 years in a Corrections Colony, and still you think you’re too good for…

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Imagine that

Imagine that

I often ponder the differences between various groups of readers in this world, when it comes to speculative fiction. What is speculative fiction? Wikipedia defines speculative fiction as “a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of human imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life”. The emphasis in that quote is mine, and it frames the crux of my wondering…

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The Crabface Contract

The Crabface Contract

The journal KUT asked me to submit a story for their latest issue, and so I submitted my new short story, The Crabface Contract. Today my short story got published, along with many other great stories from incredible African writers. One of my favourite short stories in this edition is an intriguing science fiction story titled Downgraded, by the amazing writer Akaliza Keza Gara. You can click here to read my story over on the KUT website. Image credits: Original image found at pixabay.com (License:…

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Short Story Day Africa #WriterPrompt: Mon 20 July – Sun 2 Aug

Short Story Day Africa #WriterPrompt: Mon 20 July – Sun 2 Aug

The recently concluded Short Story Day Africa #WriterPrompt competition on Facebook had this photograph of rain falling on concrete, as the inspiration for 200-word limit flash fiction. Here is my submission:

Devil’s Village (Shortlisted for the Writivism 2015 Short Story Prize)

Devil’s Village (Shortlisted for the Writivism 2015 Short Story Prize)

The cortical implant in my head was disconnected from all networks and my Heads-Up Display was offline. There were three Cleopatras on our flight and the Crew Chief’s Operations Protocol demanded a total communications blackout. The dim red LED strips cast a gloomy aura around the Irish priest who sat across the aisle from me. Maybe the guy really was gloomy. The only other passengers were the heavily armed Ukrainian Bravo Team and their guest, a limp bundle of broken…

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