Nigerian sci-fi author
Unlike many sci-fi writers who have no real-life connection to science, Kemi Ashing-Giwa is studying integrative biology and astrophysics at Harvard University and has said that her academic explorations do impact her storytelling. Her short stories have appeared on Tor.com and Anathema: Spec from the Margins. Earlier this year Wole Talabi named her short story “Paper Suns” one of the 10 best African sci-fi and fantasy stories of 2021.
The Splinter in the Sky is “a multicultural space opera” that might remind readers of Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI and N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. It tells the story of a “young woman who is brought to her new nation’s capital as a political prisoner and recruited by rebel forces to spy on high-ranking officials. It centers themes such as “colonialism, police brutality, and the love that persists in the face of them.”
Kemi has since received many congratulations and tons of excitement for the new novel. She shared her own excitement on twitter, thanking her editors, agents, and team: