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South Africa’s speculative fiction queen has been busy concocting a collection of stories.

Ever since her blockbuster thriller Broken Monsters, fans have been wondering how much longer they’d have to wait to enjoy more of Beukes’ killer storytelling skills (no pun intended!). The wait, it appears, will soon be over. On August 2, Taychon Publishers will release Beukes’ debut collection of stories titled Slipping.

According to Bookslive SA, the headlining story of the collection titled “Slipping…first appeared in the MIT Technology Review science fiction anthology Twelve Tomorrows, which also featured stories by Pat Cadigan, Cory Doctorow, Warren Ellis and William Gibson.”

From the look of things, Beukes has pulled all the stops to meet the high expectations of a global community of fans nurtured on classics such as Zoo City and The Shining Girls.

Slipping is an “edgy, satiric” take on a range of themes—“corruption, greed, and even love (of a sort).” “From Johannesburg to outer space,” readers are taken on a “compelling, dark, and slippery ride.”

In the collection, “a permanent corporate branding gives a young woman enhanced physical abilities and a nearly-constant high. Recruits lifted out of poverty find a far worse fate collecting biohazardous plants on an inhospitable world. The only adult survivor of the apocalypse decides he will be the savior of teenagers; the teenagers are not amused.”

Congrats to Beukes! We can’t wait.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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