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Fiction Friday: “Bigger Than the Sky” by Chinelo Onwualu

AfroSFThis week’s Fiction Friday comes from The Kalahari Review, which has published a short story titled “Bigger Than the Sky” by Nigerian writer Chinelo Onwualu.

Onwualu contributed the soap opera-esque short story, “The Gift of Touch”, to the recently published AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers. Check out her blog, Dark Matters, for her exploration of “the spaces between writing, race, fantasy and fiction in the African imagination”.

Read her short story, “Bigger Than the Sky”:

The first time they met, Mark Rutland was having a bad day. It was finals week at Glenville State University and his piece-of-shit car had conked out two days before. Last night, he had gotten a call from some stoner named Reggie who claimed he had copies of the Biology final. They turned out to be bad copies of last semester’s midterms, but by the time Mark found this out, he had missed the last bus back to town. He ended up spending the night on Reggie’s moth-eaten couch, which smelled of beer and vomit. Luckily, he always carried an emergency kit in his backpack with a toothbrush, shaving kit and extra clothes.

Now, on the morning shuttle from the campus apartments to the library, he was trying to memorize what he could. Serves you right for not studying, he told himself sourly.

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