Our guest today is Deji Olukotun, author of Nigerians in Space, a spy thriller set across Europe, the US, South Africa and Nigeria. The story follows an initiative in Nigeria to launch a space program but in an era of political turmoil, things go horribly wrong. We banter on about all the real life issues that gave rise to this book.

Get the digital or paperback  versions of the book here:

Today’s podcast was quasi-political, so here’s some non-political stuff we geeked on about:

Minority Report TV Show – 10 years after the end of Precrime in Washington DC one of the three PreCogs attempts to lead on a normal life while still suffering from visions of the future.

Sequestered TV Show – A jury is sequestered in a hotel while deliberating a court case with massive implications.

‘A Killing in the Sun’ by Dilman Dila is a collection of speculative fiction from Africa

Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian brought up in England and her exploration of her father’s land.

Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

Ken Saro Wiwa – Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. His daughter wrote the book we posted above: Looking for Transwonderland

The writer Deji Olukotun (Nigeria/USA), New York, New York, April 26, 2014. Photo © Beowulf Sheehan

Deji is an attorney with a background in human rights and technology who happens to have been to over 25 countries. Just the kind of guy you want writing fiction about technology in Africa