2012 promises to be an eventful year, with many exciting developments across the African continent, my own novel aside. I’d like to recap some of the high points of 2011 and take a look at some of the latest developments in African science fiction. Last summer, I was quite honored to meet the acquaintance of acclaimed British sf novelist Alastair Reynolds on a rather impromptu trip to London. He’s a pleasant fellow with a genuine love for his work, and I only just discovered that his latest work, Blue Remembered Earth, will be released on the 19th of January. I’ve had a look at an early draft of the novel and was quite impressed by the world he’s created, in which the future of African continent is re-imagined in ways that simply haven’t been done before.
One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey’s family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey’s grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked – well, blackmailed, really – to go up there and make sure the family’s name stays suitably unblemished. But little does Geoffrey realise – or anyone else in the family, for that matter – what he’s about to unravel. Eunice’s ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything. Or shatter this near-utopia into shards . . .