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.