Wole Talabi is a 2023 Analog AnLab Award Winner

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The Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards has unveiled the winners and finalists for its 2023 edition, with Nigerian author,  Wole Talabi securing first place in the “Best Short Stories” category with his short story, “Blowout”.

Originally published as Astounding Stories of Science Fiction, Analog remains an unparalleled literary magazine in the sci-fi genre, and rewards readers with realistic stories that reflect both the highest standards of scientific accuracy and the far reaches of the imagination, as well as lively articles about current research on the cutting edge of science. Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine continues to bring together celebrated authors, new talent, and award-winning stories, poems, and articles, as it has since its launch in 1930. 

Wole Talabi had the following to say on X (formerly known as Twitter):

“Today brought one more piece of good news. I came in 1st place in the @Analog_SF awards for my story “Blowout”, a hard-SF story about a Nigerian woman trying to save her estranged brother during a geological exploration accident on Mars.

“Shout out to BaenBooks who sponsor, and @Ledbetter_sf who administers the Jim Baen Memorial short story competition which I originally wrote this story for (and was a finalist in)”.

Oluwole Talabi (born 28 February 1986) is a Nigerian speculative fiction writer, engineer, and editor, who is considered among the Third Generation of Nigerian Writers. His works include short stories, anthologies Lights Out: Resurrection (2016), African Futurism: An Anthology (2020), These Words Expose Us: An Anthology (2014), Incomplete Solutions (2019), novels Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon (2023), and Convergence Problems (2024). He was described in Scientific American as “an author who blends transhumanism and the Turing test”.

For more information on the award, kindly check the official website.

Congratulations, Wole!


Bakare Oluwatobiloba

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