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Virus! Short Story

09/13/2010

The radio show last night was brilliant. I read out my debut short story entitled ‘Virus!’ which is a heavily abridged version of the first chapter in my upcoming cyberpunk novel. The reading was broken up into three parts, but the host did a great job of bridging the parts with very incisive questions that added depth to the story. My fellow guest was an enthusiastic poet named Gabriel Amoh, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of his poetry, and even more by his explanations of their meanings. I’ve already received lots of positive feedback to the story here in Ghana, and I can’t wait to upload the podcast for those of you who missed the show, hopefully sometime this week. In the meantime, I have just published the short story on AfroCyberPunk for the first time. Enjoy…

Virus!

The portholes were set to un-shade as the airplane descended into heavy clouds and out of the blinding glare of the West African sun. The small plane trembled through the haze before breaking out to a panoramic view of the sprawling metropolis.

Accra stretched out to bridge the horizons, barely held in check at the southern coastline, where its hyperactive edge threatened to spill over into the Gulf of Guinea. From above, the city seemed without a plan; a vibrant mosaic of infrastructure, haphazardly diced and spliced to make use of every square foot of space. Ramshackle settlements jutted out into the ocean, perched above the water on nests of illegal support structures. Massive holographic logos hovered above the skyline in a brilliant display of optics, familiar corporate logos visible from miles away…

Read ‘Virus!’ on AfroCyberPunk…

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6 Comments

  1. KYEICHEM says:

    totally enjoyed yesternights show. to know there are guys out there thinking about science fiction in Africa was the best news i’ve heard all year. big ups man!!!

    • afrocyberpunk says:

      Thanks, man. I wasn’t sure how Ghanaians would react to local science fiction, but I’m really happy to see such positive reactions. Hopefully, more people like you will support the movement and help to keep it alive.

  2. Sylvia says:

    you did a great job and totally tore up all the other guys there. you’re on to big stuff, its just a matter of time. very proud to say “i know that guy, we’re friends” GOOD JOB!!!

  3. You are doing great. that’s what is required for Africa’s development, radical minds. Keep on keeping on. don’t know if you remember me…

    • afrocyberpunk says:

      Nana, your name sounds very familiar, but my long-term memory is completely unreliable. I know you that you follow the Writers Project of Ghana, but if we’ve met before it must have been a while back. I’ll send you an email so you can remind me.

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