Convergence Problems is a new short story collection from award-winning, Nebula-nominated Nigerian author Wole Talabi
Containing brand-new stories, rewrites of early work, and a few previously published pieces, Wole Talabi’s new collection, Convergence Problems, consists of sixteen short stories and one previously unseen novella. All of the stories in this collection are set in, or relate to, Africa, and investigate the rapidly changing role of technology in our lives as we search for meaning, for knowledge, for justice; constantly converging to our future selves.
In Lagos, Nigeria, a roadside mechanic volunteers to undergo a procedure that will increase the electrical conductivity of his skin by orders of magnitude. On Mars, a woman races against time and a previously undocumented geological phenomenon to save her brother. In Nairobi, a tech support engineer tries to understand what is happening when an AI system begins malfunctioning in ways that could change the world.
About the Author
Wole Talabi is an engineer, writer, and editor from Nigeria. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, Lightspeed, and several other publications. He has edited three anthologies: Africanfuturism, which was nominated for the Locus Award in 2021, Lights Out: Resurrection, and These Words Expose Us. His fiction has been a finalist for multiple awards including the Nebula Award, the prestigious Caine Prize, the Locus Award, the Jim Baen Memorial Award, and the Nommo Award, which he won in 2018 and 2020. His collection Incomplete Solutions is published by Luna Press.
Praise for the work of Wole Talabi
"A heist caper with sex, violence, and superpowers popping off every technicolor page. Readers are in for a rollicking thrill ride." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Wole Talabi has made a name for himself recently as a master of shorter works of fiction." —SciFi Mind
"Wole Talabi mixes literary skill with speculative SF abilities to make him one of the spearheads of the African revolution in speculative writing." —Geoff Ryman, Nebula Award-Winning author of The Child Garden and Air
"Wole Talabi is a brilliant short fiction writer." —Alex Jennings, author of The Ballad of Perilous Graves
"These are amazing narratives which show assiduous reflection on science, emotion, mysticism, and philosophy...each story is prose that gently tickles the forebrain. Recommended." —Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater
"A high octane thriller that is simply unputdownable. This remarkable debut rocked my world." —T. L. Huchu, author of The Library of the Dead
"Fast and sharp as talons." —Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters