Talking Afterland and women in power for Shondaland

I so enjoyed getting to chat over Zoom with Connor Goodwin of Shondaland. We talked journalism, complicating feminist utopias, the art of world-building, and the fairy tale of justice. Connor writes: Set in a near-future that eerily resonates with our present pandemic, Afterland is not only an intriguing thought experiment, but a riveting read. With her ability […]

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“A rare creature” in New Scientist

I love this New Scientist review of Afterland by Sally Adee, not least for the amazing opening image. I might have to steal that for a novel: If all the human cells in your body were to suddenly dematerialise, your outline would briefly persist, in all its exquisite detail, in the form of the billions […]

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Boston Globe dubs Afterland “a wild ride”

Another nice review of Afterland, this time in the Boston Globe. It’s behind a paywall, but here’s some good outtakes: If you’re ready for a wild ride across an America forever changed by a devastating pandemic, climb aboard “Afterland” by Lauren Beukes. It’s a summer thriller with a mother and son at the center; they’re […]

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Talking Afterland and conspiracy theories for Electric Lit

A conversation between me and writer Jacqueline Alnes is up on Electric Lit! I really enjoyed doing this interview and the nuance and depth of the questions. We talked about the patriarchy, conspiracy theories and adventures in research, driving some of the routes and visiting locales from Salt Lake City to small Colorado towns all […]

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Sci-Fi overload with Gizmodo (ft Afterland!)

Afterland is coming out in the US at the same time as so many other great sci-fi and fantasy titles. Gizmodo rounded up some of their favourites, and I’m so happy that they included Afterland, together with A Peculiar Peril by longtime favourite, Jeff VanderMeer, and more! Cheryl Eddy writes: After a pandemic kills most of the […]

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Entertainment Weekly recommends Afterland for a July read

It’s so cool to see Afterland on Entertainment Weekly’s slideshow of new books to read in July. I’m happy to be in the company of new books from David Mitchell, Paul Tremblay (whose horror has helped me through lockdown by putting it in perspective: pandemic yes, demonic possession, no), Maggie O’Farrell, and Josh Malerman (of Bird […]

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