After the Flare (Nigerians in Space) (Paperback)

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I used to think about what it would be like if massive EMP bombs went off around the world, instantaneously frying all the electronics. The so-called modern cities (and nations) would be transformed into dense hells, with few practical, natural resources but plenty of Apple brand paperweights. The less “advanced” and more rural peoples would suddenly be the only ones who knew how to get by. In some cases, their lives would not change at all. The power hierarchy of humanity would exactly invert.

A much more interesting version of this is what happens in Deji Bryce Olukotun’s After the Flare.

To read the rest of Eric Larkin's review, please go here to the Last Bookstore's blog Dwarf & Giant.

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Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and Special Citation Winner
A catastrophic solar flare reshapes our world order as we know it - in an instant, electricity grids are crippled, followed by devastating cyberattacks that paralyze all communication. With America in chaos, former NASA employee Kwesi Bracket works at the only functioning space program in the world, which just happens to be in Nigeria. With Europe, Asia, and the U.S. knocked off-line, and thousands of dead satellites about to plummet to Earth, the planet's only hope rests with the Nigerian Space Program's plan to launch a daring rescue mission to the International Space Station. Bracket and his team are already up against a serious deadline, but life on the ground is just as disastrous after the flare. Nigeria has been flooded with advanced biohacking technologies, and the scramble for space supremacy has attracted dangerous peoples from all over Africa. What's more: the militant Islamic group Boko Haram is slowly encroaching on the spaceport, leaving a trail of destruction, while a group of nomads has discovered an ancient technology more powerful than anything Bracket's ever imagined. With the clock ticking down, Bracket - helped by a brilliant scientist from India and an eccentric lunar geologist - must confront the looming threats to the spaceport in order to launch a harrowing rescue mission into space. In this sequel to Nigerians in Space, Deji Bryce Olukotun poses deep questions about technology, international ambition, identity, and space exploration in the 21st century.

About the Author

Deji Bryce Olukotun is the author of Nigerians in Space. His work has been featured in Vice, Slate, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, Guernica, The Millions, World Literature Today, ESPN, and elsewhere. After the Flare is the second novel in the Nigerians in Space series.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781944700188
ISBN-10: 1944700188
Publisher: Unnamed Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Nigerians in Space