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Black Star Rising

By Peter Kalu

Boldly going where no black writer has gone before, Peter Kalu has written the UK’s (and possibly the world’s) first Cybernoir novel.

The time is a distant future. SunOne Command has drafted four black astronauts to crew a remote engineering aft — zsf-e5 — on a far-flung tour of duty. The crew do not know why they’ve been drafted. The on-board Computer might know, but isn’t telling. Command offers no explanation and anyway its explanations cannot be trusted.

Black Star Rising tells of the crew’s lives together — the pains and possibilities, conflicts and celebrations. Pawns in the war between Logos and SunOne, subject to the whims of Command Control in a future world where black lives still count for less, the crew battle on. When adversity strikes, the key question is: can they hold together long enough to survive?

Featuring four richly drawn characters in Captain Mandella, Sky, Kaya and Triple, Black Star Rising projects a black future that is at once engaging and challenging. It is minus 100 degrees in the void. Colder when love freezes.

Bio for Peter Kalu:

Peter Kalu is the winner of numerous literary prizes including the BBC Young Playwrights Festival. Black Star Rising is his third sci-fi book, the previous two, Lick Shot and Professor X featuring the black futuristic detective Ambrose Patterson, are currently being made into a TV series. He lives in Manchester with his wife and children.

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