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“After The Flare” by Nigerian Author Deji Bryce Olukotun Is One Of Best the Afrofuturistic Novels

December 5, 2018

Deji Bryce Olukotun is the Nigerian author of “After the Flare” and “Nigerians in Space,” and his fiction was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian, The Washington Post, among others.

His novel “After the Flare” won the 2018 Philip K. Dick special citation award. His novel “Nigerians in Space,” a thriller about brain drain from Africa, was published by Unnamed Press in 2014. Currently, he is the Head of Social Impact at the audio technology company Sonos.

The novel starts as heavy science fiction but turns up into something more mythical. The story follows Kwesi Bracket, one of the engineers of the Nigerian space program. Kwesi has a lot to overcome after a solar flare erased the world order, with South America and Africa the only places with sustained cyber energy and thousands of satellites about to fall to Earth. Bracket is also responsible for making sure the space program can complete its mission: rescuing a group of astronauts trapped on an international space station plummeting to Earth. Beyond the technological difficulties, Bracket must master a political conspiracy and defy a mysterious and dangerous creature.

“After the Flares” masters aspects of African culture and tradition into future technology.