My book ‘The Murders of Molly Southbourne’ has been optioned for a movie



This just in, saints and sinners: My novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne is going to be a movie.


‘The Murders Of Molly Southbourne’ Picked Up By Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment



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John W. Campbell Memorial Award

I’m a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial award for my novel ROSEWATER.

Here’s the announcement.

The full list:

Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter The Medusa Chronicles
Don DeLillo Zero K
Kij Johnson The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
Paul J. McAuley Into Everywhere
Nisi Shawl Everfair
Tricia Sullivan Occupy Me
Tade Thompson Rosewater
Lavie Tidhar Central Station
Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad
Aliya Whiteley The Arrival of Missives
Rick Wilber Alien Morning
Ben Winters Underground Airlines
John Nicholas Wood Azanian Bridges

As you can see, I’m in good company.  We’ll know on the 16th of June. Wish me luck.

Here’s the announcement on Locus Online


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The Murders of Molly Southbourne cover!

Yes, the cover of my new novella THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE is here!

You can find out what it’s about, and a metric ton of blurbage on the publisher’s page at

The Murders of Molly Southbourne reaches deep into the heart of existence and drags our fears into the sunlight. An excellent, terrifying read.” —Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon

Pre-order on Amazon: US , UK , Canada, France


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Clearing My Throat

Eh, I’m terrible at this blogging thing, no?

Check out my story BOOTBLACK at Expanded Horizons. Maybe content warning? Nah, go for it. You’re adults.

Some stuff:

My novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne is due for an October release from First reader responses are good. I’ve seen the cover art, and it’s superb. I will share what I can when I can.

I’m currently working on rewrites for a novella called Witch Gun Running which is a kind of batshit contemporary fantasy with pocket universe settings. The first draft is a mess, but it’s looking like I know what to fix.

In the Johannesburg Review of Books some other writers and I pay tribute to the writer Kojo Laing who died with not nearly enough recognition, in my opinion.

In a few days time I’ll be giving a talk at the London School of Oriental Studies titled Science Fictional antidotes to the Created, Observed and Experienced African Self. It sounds fancier that it really is, but I promise to entertain, at least.

I’m listening to Drum n Bass and reading Elephantmen.

Til next time.

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I Really Enjoyed The Unworthy Thor


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April 11, 2017 · 21:09

Kon-foo-shon breaky-boney

“Confusion Break Bone” is a Fela Kuti song.
It’s not pronounced the way it reads. You say, “Kon-foo-shon breaky-boney”.
This song is loosely about a place in Lagos called Ojuelegba (which translates to “where the cane sellers are” or “where the whip sellers dwell”-literally, “the face/eye of the cane seller”). If you’ve ever been to Ojuelegba (at least in the ’70s and ’80s) you’ll find the song haunting and frightening.

The place was a confused mess of cars, buses, corrupt police and thugs. I saw my first dead body there. Being so young, when I heard the Fela song I just thought it was a place people went to die alone in the mud or get arrested without charge. In the 80s a governor called Jakande imposed some order on it and in the 90s it was better, but still felt…unsettling.

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Sketchiness: Fan Art from ‘Hammers on Bone’

This is a character from the awesome novella ‘Hammers on Bone’ by Cassandra Khaw.


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