Nommo 2018: Novel Nominations

The Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SHORT LIST NOMINEES
& ALL LONG LIST NOMINEES FOR 2018

2018 Nommo Nomination Results

Below are the Short List Nominees in each of the 4 categories and ALL respective nominees for the 2018 Nommo Awards:
Members are given the opportunity to read the following short listed novels online.  If you are a member of the ASFS please fill in the Nommo Reader Request Form (with relevant conditions) and submit. If you are an approved member, we will send through access details.

NOVEL SHORT LIST NOMINEES



OUR MEMORY LIKE DUST
Gavin Chait


We tell stories to hold on to what has been loved and lost. To sustain memory. To create new myths. An aid-worker is betrayed while helping thousands escape a massacre. A secretive businessman wages clandestine war against a ruthless energy cartel. An air convoy – its illicit cargo destined for hostile militants – vanishes over the Sahara. Meanwhile, as millions fleeing famine, genocide and environmental collapse seek refuge across the Mediterranean, their genii begin to intrude into reality. And deep within the desert something precious and terrible has been lost – something which could overwhelm them all.

Born in Cape Town in 1974, Gavin Chait emigrated to the UK nearly ten years ago. He has degrees in Microbiology & Biochemistry, and Electrical Engineering. He is an economic development strategist and data scientist, and has travelled extensively in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia and is now based in Oxford. His first novel, Lament for the Fallen, was critically acclaimed (Eric Brown in the Guardian called it ‘a compulsively readable, life affirming tale’). Our Memory Like Dust is his second.

THE REAL
Masha du Toit

The Muara. A ruined sea-side resort, shattered by the weather, buried in sand. Three children scavenge a living on the abandoned beaches and in the sand-swamped houses. This is their home and its desolation is their security...but their safety is an illusion. Under the sands of the Muara, in an underground room, is a secret that could destroy them and everything they know.

"The Real" is the sequel to "The Babylon Eye".

Masha du Toit is an artist and writer living in Cape Town, South Africa. She reads far too much, draws pictures that tell stories and writes stories about every-day magic.


FEVER
Deon Meyer

Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector.

But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world, a community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is born.

Fever is the epic, searing story of a group of people determined to carve a city out of chaos.

Deon Meyer is the internationally acclaimed, prizewinning author of eleven thrillers, including Icarus, Cobra, Seven Days, and the Barry Award-winning Thirteen Hours. His books have been published in twenty-seven languages. He lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa.


AKATA WARRIOR
Nnedi Okorafor

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book. 

Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

Nnedi Okorafor won the first Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novella for Binti in 2017. Nnedi is a Nigerian American writer of speculative fiction for both children and adults and a full professor at the University at Buffalo, New York. Her works include Who Fears Death, the Binti novella series, the Book of Phoenix, the Akata series and Lagoon.  She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, Macmillan and World Fantasy Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. She divides her time between Buffalo and Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. Learn more about Nnedi at Nnedi.com.



AFTER THE FLARE
Deji Olokotun

After a solar flare upended the world order, Kwesi Brackett’s life disintegrated. His wife took up with a millionaire in the heavily armed Silicon territories and his daughter’s university, Yale, relocated to the Caribbean. After being laid off by NASA, Brackett finds himself in Africa, as one of the head engineers for the newly formed Nigerian Space Program. Suddenly, the NSP’s goal of getting astronauts into space is more important than ever. With most of Europe, Asia, and North America knocked off-line, thousands of satellites about to plummet to Earth, and the political minefield that is the rescue of an international group of astronauts trapped on the international station, time is of the essence.

Deji Bryce Olukotun graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and also holds degrees from Yale College and Stanford Law School. He became the inaugural Ford Foundation Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center, a human rights organization that promotes literature and defends free expression. His work has been published in Guernica, Joyland, Words Without Borders, World Literature Today, Molussus, The London Magazine, Men’s Health, Litnet, and international law journals. A passionate soccer fan, he grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey.


BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT
Tochi Onyebuchi

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. 

Tochi Onyebuchi is a writer based in Connecticut. He holds a MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Beasts Made of Night is his debut.


The long list consists of all titles in this category that were nominated by members of the ASFS.  Some of these works were nominated once, some just missed the shortlist.  The ASFS lists them in full to draw attention to all the works members felt worthy of consideration.

NOVEL LONG LIST NOMINEES



OUR MEMORY LIKE DUST
Gavin Chait
THE REAL
Masha du Toit
ASYLUM
Marcus Low
THE SIRIUS SQUAD
Khulekani Magubene
FEVER
Deon Meyer
MIRRORED MYRHH
Caldon Mull
AKATA WARRIOR
Nnedi Okorafor
AFTER THE FLARE
Deji Olokotun
BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT
Tochi Onyebuchi
THE INSIDE OUT MAN
Fred Strydom
OF MAGIC AND MEMORY
Cristy Zinn