Every day until Christmas Eve I’ll be introducing you to an author whose debut novel came out this year. Today it’s Tade Thompson.
About Tade Thompson
Tade Thompson is the author of Rosewater, a John W. Campbell Award finalist and winner of the 2017 NOMMO Award for Best Novel. He also writes short stories, notably ‘The Apologists’ which was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. Born in London to Yoruba parents, he lives and works on the south coast of England where he battles an addiction to books.
Tell us about your book.
My novel is called ROSEWATER. It’s a science fiction near-future novel of a slow alien invasion and the effects on my main character, Kaaro.
Where did the inspiration come from?
All the science fiction and fantasy that I have consumed in my short life, as well as the British Empire historical actions against their colonies.
Who would this book make the perfect present for?
People interested in sci-fi in general, but particularly Octavia Butler, Philip K Dick, William Gibson. It owes a debt to detective noir traditions too, so Raymond Chandler. It also works as a general novel about Africa, so I think anyone interested in Afrofuturism, African science fiction would enjoy it.
What will you be reading this Christmas?
Ice House by Tim Clare and the new Ursula le Guin illustrated hardback of Earthsea novels.
When you’re not writing, what do you like doing?
Kicking a punching bag and painting.
Tell us one Christmas tradition you follow without fail.
I watch Die Hard, which is the only true Christmas movie.