After the Flare : A Novel
The astrolabes, it turns out, hold the secret to the Saon people's extinction, and clues about a different flare that rocked Earth thousands of years ago. When a mysterious creature breaks into Brackett's quarters, the engineer is not sure whether it was a rival space program or the government as they race to complete the Naijapool--an anti-gravity simulation to train the Naijanuats. In over his head, Bracket is distracted only by his favorite reality show Mrs. N Fires the Help and his affair with scientist and music enthusiast, Seeta. Increasingly, however, Nigeria's past and present are threatening to collide in a battle over its own future, and Bracket and Seeta seem to be the only ones who suspect it is all connected. Enter Wale Olufunmi, the original protagonist of Nigerians in Space. A former lunar geologist who continues to dream of participating directly in a space mission, Wale lands at the Nigerian Space Program facility, on a private jet. When Brackett, Wale, and Seeta discover the Fulani women's hideout, and the power of the astrolabes, they band together to outmaneuver Boko Haram, save Nigeria from a sinister government conspiracy, and finally launch a spacecraft.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 139 x 215 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
- 12 Sep 2017
- United States
"The entire novel is spectacularly imagined, well-written, and a pleasure to read. An absorbing novel that explores a compelling, African-centered future world." -Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Deji Bryce Olukotun:
"An exquisite blend of unpredictable twists and lightning-speed plot."
"A madcap first novel that unravels like a spy thriller."
Mark Haskell Smith, Flavorwire
"Deji Olukotun's novel Nigerians in Space is an impressive debut, a literary thriller that also deftly explores themes of the African diaspora."
David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy
"Fast-paced, well-written and packed with insight and humor. Olukotun is a very talented storyteller. "
Charles Yu, National Book Award 5-Under-35 winner and author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
"A deft mingling of satirical humor, Noirish twists and a keen-eyed yet accessible take on cultural displacement in contemporary times. "
Olufemi Terry, winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing
"You can taste Cape Town, you can hear it in the dialogue, see its beauty in the descriptions. Deji Olukotun has my city's number: especially its nasty underbelly, the dangerous dealing of abalone poachers. "
Mike Nicol, author of the Revenge Trilogy
"A transnational mystery novel replete with assassins, abalone poaching and an international fashion model who exudes light from her skin."
Matt McGregor, Warscapes
"A crime thriller that is out of this world."
Samantha Lim, The Brooklyn Paper
"Nigerians in Space captures the cocksure attitude and dignified clip of the 1950s radio play, with more mischievous and macabre elements that reflect the frustration of anti-colonial and Pan-African politics."
Megan Eardley, Africa is a Country
"The book is a must read."
Dianah Ninsiima, Africa Book Club
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