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Xanele Puren, Mary Ononokpono and Portia Dery Announced as Winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes

Alert! The winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature and Illustration have been announced, with South African illustrator Xanele Puren receiving the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators. The prize for Early Chapter Books is awarded to Nigerian writer Mary Ononokpono while Portia Dery from Ghana has won the award for Picture Books.


The Golden Baobab Prizes celebrate the best unpublished African children’s literature, hoping to inspire African authors and illustrators to create authentic stories with children of this continent in mind. Offering $20,000 in monetary awards, as well as publishing opportunities for winners of the Picture Book and Early Chapter Book Prizes, these prizes go a far way in promoting relatable books for children. According to the the Executive Director of Golden Baobab, they plan to go even further:

“We are proud of the contribution we are making to the children’s literature and illustration world and are actively searching for exciting partnerships to expand our reach and impact across Africa. We are seeking major corporate partnerships by our next prize season to further propel our vision of making the heads of children across Africa beautiful places for them to live!”

Puren is the co-founder, illustrator and the visual force behind See-Saw-Do, a social enterprise founded on the transformative power of creativity and love. See her winning illustrations:

Ononokpono is an artist, illustrator and writer who was born in Nigeria but grew up in the United Kingdom. Her winning story, Talulah the Time Traveller, is about an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent – she is an inventor obsessed with coding.

Dery is a writer, blogger, community development worker and social entrepreneur with a focus on writing activities in Ghana. Her winning story, Grandma’s List, is about Fatima, a spirited eight year old, who is tired of being treated like a child.

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Winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes

Accra, Ghana, November 13, 2014 – We are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes:

  • Portia Dery, from Ghana wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, Grandma’s List.
  • Mary Ononokpono, from Nigeria, wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for her story, Talulah the Time Traveler.
  • Xanele Puren, from South Africa, wins the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators. The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators is the biggest and most prestigious prize committed to discovering, nurturing and celebrating talented African illustrators of children’s stories.

The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature and Illustration received nearly 300 submissions from writers and illustrators across Africa. The longlist for the literature prizes was announced early September and showcased 11 stories, selected from 6 African countries. The shortlist followed late October with 11 stories from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The illustration prizes unveiled 3 shortlisted artists; 2 from South Africa and 1 from Ghana. This year’s prize winners represent three countries: Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

This is the sixth year of the Golden Baobab Prizes, which were established in July 2008 to in-spire the creation of enthralling, culturally relevant African children’s stories by African writers. “We are proud of the contribution we are making to the children’s literature and illustration world and are actively searching for exciting partnerships to expand our reach and impact across Africa. We are seeking major corporate partnerships by our next prize season to further propel our vision of making the heads of children across Africa beautiful places for them to live!” says the Executive Director of Golden Baobab.

Today, the Prizes offer $20,000 in monetary awards, publishing opportunities for winners of the Picture Book and Early Chapter Book Prizes, and the winner of the Illustration prize attends a Golden Baobab award ceremony and a traveling exhibition of artist’s illustrations.

Judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes are Summer Edward, Anansesem Caribbean Children’s Literature Ezine founder and editor, Nancy Drost, Seasoned international educator, Kinna Likimani, Mbaasem Foundation board member and celebrated book critic, Doreen Baingana, Multiple award-winning Ugandan author and former chairperson FEMRITE, Nonikiwe Mashologu, African children’s literature critic, Kanengo Diallo, 13-year old Tanzanian winner of the 2013 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers, Paul O. Zelinsky, International Award-winning American Illustrator and Writer and Caldecott Medalist, Akua Peprah, Early Childhood Educator and Kofi Kokua Asante Anyimadu, 8-year old Ghanaian book lover.

Also shortlisted were:

  • Shaleen Keshavjee-Gulam (Kenya) – Malaika’s Magical Kiosk
  • Mandy Collins (South Africa) – There is a Hyena in my Kitchen
  • Myke Mware (Zimbabwe) – The Big Ball
  • Bontle Senne (South Africa) – The Monster at Midnight
  • Mamle Wolo (Ghana) – Flying through Water
  • Hillary Molenje Namunyu (Kenya) – Teddy Mapesa and the Missing Cash
  • Jayne Bauling (South Africa) – The Saturday Dress

Last year’s winners of the Golden Baobab Prizes were Liza Esterhuyse and Karen Hurt from South Africa and Kanengo Rebecca Diallo from Tanzania.


The Golden Baobab Prizes for literature was established in July 2008 and inspires the creation of African stories by gifted African writers and illustrators to captivate children’s minds. The Prizes invite entries of unpublished stories and illustrations created by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. The Prizes are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based pan- African social enterprise dedicated to creating a world filled with wonder and possibilities for children, one African story at a time. The organization’s Advisory Board includes renowned au-thors Ama Ata Aidoo and Maya Ajmera. Golden Baobab is proudly supported by Echoing Green and The African Library Project.


Images courtesy of Golden Baobab

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The 2014 South African Literary Award (SALA) Winners

Alert! The winners of the 2014 South African Literary Awards (SALAs) have been revealed.

The SALAs were founded in 2005 by the wRite associates and the Department of Arts and Culture, to celebrate literary excellence in all the languages of South Africa.

Claire Robertson, who won this year’s Sunday Times Fiction Prize, won the First-time Published Author Award, and Books LIVE community members Makhosazana Xaba and Sihle Khumalo were also rewarded for their literary efforts.

Nuruddin Farah and Njabulo Ndebele received Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards, while Mbulelo Mzamane received a Posthumous Literary Award.

The Spiral House Running Love InterruptedThe Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the GodsThe Turtle Dove Told MeAlmost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu

The Children of SowetoChildren of ParadiseCrossbonesFrom a Crooked RibThe Cry of Winnie MandelaRediscovery of the Ordinary




Claire Robertson, The Spiral House (English, Umuzi Publishers)


Makhosazana Xaba, Running and Other Stories (English, Modjaji books)
Reneilwe Malatji, Love Interrupted (English, Modjaji Books)


Jamala Safari, The Great Agony and Pure laughter of the Gods (English, Umuzi Publishing)


Nhlanhla Maake, Malefane (Sesotho/English, Ekaam Books)


Thandi Sliepen, The Turtle Dove Told Me (English, Modjaji Books)
Themba Patrick Magaisa, Mihloti ya Tingana (Xitsonga, published by TP Magaisa)


Sihle Khumalo, Almost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu (English, Umuzi Publishers)


Mbulelo Vizikhungo


Nuruddin Farah and Njabulo Ndebele
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Book Dash Thundafund Campaign: Donate and Help Create Free Books for Children Who Want to Read (Plus Video)

James Louw and Jesse

The Book Dash aim is simple: They believe every child should own a hundred books by the age of five. In South Africa, that means giving 600 million free books to children who could never afford to buy them.

This ambitious project is driven by Arthur Attwell, Tarryn-Anne Anderson and Michelle Matthews – a trio combining publishing, writing and corporate knowledge to produce beautiful children’s books that anyone can translate, print and distribute.

The organisation has hosted two very successful Book Dash Days where teams of three volunteers – a writer, an illustrator and a designer – worked hard to produce books in line with the Book Dash vision.

Books by authors involved in Book Dash include:

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As jy 'n ster sien verskietSister-SisterThe Whole Food AlmanacAdults OnlyFeast, Famine and Potluck

The task of producing thousands of books to be distributed freely is an understandably expensive one. Book Dash has started a crowd-funding initiative on Thundafund, calling on the public to donate whatever they can to help reach their goal of raising R200 000 by 18 December 2014.

Our brains are wired to absorb stories, but only if they have the stories to absorb. The solution to our childhood literacy crisis is to give away vast quantities of free children’s books – something many others have known for years. But we’ll never manage that if we’re buying the books from publishers. They’re just too expensive.

At Book Dash, we’re in the business of ending knowledge poverty. On a Book Dash day, teams of three – designer, writer, illustrator – work together to each create a finished children’s book. All contributions to a Book Dash are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license, which means they can be remixed, translated and edited freely. Because these books have no publisher, their only cost is printing. The best part is that the bigger the print-run, the cheaper the book.

Our Book Dashers have created 22 books already. We need your help to get these into the hands of children. Will you join us?

Watch the video, which illustrates the hard work and clear-cut vision behind Book Dash:

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Fiona Snickers and Ufrieda Ho Review The Mark by Edyth Bulbring

The MarkVerdict: carrot

Darker than The Hunger Games and more thrilling than Divergent, Edyth Bulbring’s new dystopian novel will fascinate teen readers.

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2014 Prince Albert Leesfees Programme (7 – 9 November)

The third annual Prince Albert Leesfees is happening this weekend (7 – 9 November), bringing authors and book lovers to the picturesque Karoo town in the valley of the Swartberg Mountains.

Join poets, historians, novelists, publishers, journalists and educators for interesting discussions at the Jans Rautenbach Schouwburg and Lah-di-dah restaurant. Expect to find Daniel Hugo, Frederik de Jager, Kirby van der Merwe, Carol Campbell, Dennis Cruywagen, Thomas Mollet, Toni Younghusband, Marthie Maré and many more in the streets of Prince Albert over the course of the weekend.

Have a look at the programme:

ZitaGerookBrothers in War and PeaceKamphoerDie roebaijat van Omar KhajjamDie bewakerThe Keeper
'n Huis vir Ester Esther's HouseHeartfruitBlack ButterfliesBloody Lies
This Must be the PlaceOu-Kaapse Meubels – Studies in styleFinding My Own Happy Legkaart van jou gesigYour Face Puzzle

2014 Prince Albert Leesfees Programme (7 – 9 November)


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Prince Albert Leesfees – books give you wings!

Get ready for Prince Albert’s third Leesfees, from 7 – 9 November in the beautiful Karoo dorpie at the foot of the Swartberg. The line-up of writers and books has much to offer – topics and debates that are interesting, relevant and currently in the spotlight.

An interesting selection of the latest and most popular novels and poetry in South African English and Afrikaans literature will be discussed. This includes a thorough and revealing analysis of one of the country’s most controversial murders and murder trials, a book on what your features reveal about you, the story of two brothers who helped write South Africa’s history, more about the South African ad industry, sexuality and the history and heritage of South African furniture. Also on the list of topics is the town’s youth and the issues that affect their lives, as well as the challenges of literary translation.

Writers participating include Carol Campbell (Esther’s House, a novel about backyard dweller Esther Gelderblom from Oudtshoorn), Dennis Cruywagen (Brothers in War and Peace, about the well-known twins Constand and Abraham Viljoen), François Smith (Kamphoer), Thomas Mollett (Bloody Lies, about the murder of student Inge Lotz), Toni Younghusband (Wallop! An Advertising Phenomenon called Rightford Searle-Tripp Makin), Matilda Burden (Ou-Kaapse Meubels), Daniel Hugo (Die Roebaijat van Omar Khajjam and translator of the latest novel by Marguerite Poland The Keeper/Die Bewaker), Marthie Maré (Legkaart van jou gesig/Your Face Puzzle), Eldridge Jason (Gerook), Barbara Castle (Finding my Own Way to Happy and Gay) and Jeanette de Lange (Ek en jy, jy en ek).

Anzil Kulsen, writer and educator from the Northern Cape will be presenting the programme “Boeke gee jou Vlerke” at local schools, supported by writers Mia Oosthuizen and Eldridge Jason. Jason will be telling learners what inspired him to write Gerook, which is about alcohol and drug addiction. He has just been awarded the ATKV-Woordveertjie for this novel.

Presenters include Frederik de Jager (publisher), Kirby van der Merwe (journalist and writer), Pieter Hugo (director of Western Cape Libraries), Ingrid Wolfaardt (writer), Bokkie Botha (gastronome) and André Jaquet (former diplomat).

The festival officially opens on Friday 7 November at 18:00 with the introduction of Younghusband’s Wallop! This former magazine editor lives in Prince Albert.

Visual highlights of the programme are the screenings of two films: Suurlemoen, based on the novel for teenagers by Jaco Jacobs (on Saturday 8 November) and Die Ontwaking, the exclusive Karoo premiere of the film by Prince Albert director and creative director Johnny Breedt, with Gys de Villiers in the lead role. It is based on the thriller Die Ontwaking van Abel Lotz/The Skin Collector by Chris Karsten. De Villiers will be attending the event. The film has English subtitles.

Diarise Friday evening, Saturday (8 November) and Sunday morning (9 November) to attend events at the Jans Rautenbach Schouwburg and Lah-di-dah restaurant. The films will be screened at Prince Albert’s exquisite Art Deco theatre, The Showroom.

Other musts for the festival are a cash book shop with a selection of books by the writers, as well as brand-new books at affordable prices. A special Leesfees cushion will be for sale to remind you of this special weekend.

Ticket prices range between R40 and R90.

Coffee and snacks will be for sale at the theatre.

Prepare yourself for surprises, scoops, lively debate and stimulating conversation – and to go back home with some food for thought.

Tickets can be bought online at or at the Prince Albert Tourism Bureau (023 5411 366 or


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  • Die roebaijat van Omar Khajjam: 50 kwatryne vertaal deur Daniel Hugo by Omar Khajjam, edited by Daniel Hugo
    EAN: 9781485300861
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Devilskein and Dearlove by Alex Smith Nominated for 2015 Carnegie Medal

Alex Smith

Devilskein and DearloveAlert! Devilskein and Dearlove by Alex Smith has been nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal, the oldest and most prestigious children’s book award in the UK.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was created in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) who resolved, “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries. The award was established in 1936.

This is the first round of nominations, made by members of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). The prize is £500 worth of books donated to a library of the winner’s choice and a beautiful gold medal from CILIP.

South Africans are rarely nominated for this award, so grand congratulations to Smith!

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Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2015

Nominations have been published for two of the most prestigious prizes in writing and illustrating for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book for children and young people while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Often described by authors and illustrators as the “one they want to win”, the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards are the gold standard in literature and illustration for children and young people. Previous winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal include Sally Gardener, Patrick Ness, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and C.S. Lewis whilst previous winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal include Levi Pinfold, Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and Quentin Blake.

Nominations are made annually by members of CILIP. All nominations published have been checked and verified for their eligibility and have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member. From these nominations the judging panel will meet to decide longlists, based on the official medals criteria, including consideration of plot, characterisation and style. From the longlists our judges will decide the official shortlists and finally, the 2015 medal winners.

91 books have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 71 nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal. The official long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests and enable the 100,000 pupils in our 5,000 shadowing groups to engage with world-class literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated Titles

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Nominated Titles

Key dates

Nominations announcement: Monday 20 October 2014
Longlist announcement: Tuesday 10 February 2015
Shortlist announcement: Tuesday 17 March 2015
Winners announcement: 22 June 2015 (TBC)


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Winners of 2013 Sanlam Awards for Youth Literature Announced

Winners of the 2014 Sanlam Youth Literature Awards

Alert! Tafelberg and Sanlam announced the winners of the 2013 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature at an event held at the Inner City Ideas Cartel in Cape Town last night.

Hosted by Katlego Maboe, the charismatic Expresso Show presenter, the evening was a true celebration of reading and the importance of books. In her address, NB publishing manager Marga Stoffer stressed this point, quoting from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey: “It is only a novel … or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”.

Sanlam’s sponsorship manager Frank Louw unfolded the company’s vision of social investment, sharing why they deem it important to invest in reading and education. “This competition is special in many ways,” he said, “but I think the one thing that stands out is that entries are received in all 11 of our official languages. Africa is the most linguistically diverse continent in the world.”

Louw added that despite the facet that most of those languages have less than 10 000 speakers, this literature competition “celebrates and honours our own 11 languages, so we are doing our bit here in South Africa in acknowledging the importance of linguistic abundance”.

Louw went on to explain why Sanlam, a global financial services company, chose to invest in youth literature: “Our association with a sponsorship such as this is not by chance. Ever since our inception as a company we’ve had a purpose of building a better world and enabling people to live their best possible lives.” He expressed Sanlam’s sincere appreciation of the authors and Tafelberg for joining them in encouraging young people to read.

The competition attracted 75 entries in all official languages. Two winners were chosen in each category: English, Afrikaans and African Languages. These authors were notified in February that they would be published in October, but were not told whether they won silver or gold. After the announcement of the respective winners the audience was treated to short trailers of the books, impassioned acceptance speeches and a video of a teenage reader reviewing the book in question.

This prestigious competition, which produces the most esteemed prize for youth literature in South Africa, happens every second year. A call for entries for the 2014/15 prize will be made soon, with the award to be handed over in 2015.

The 2014 winners were:

Category for English:

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Category for African languages:

Vhusiku VhutswuNdizigwaze ngowam!


Category for Afrikaans:

Chuck Norris kan deel deur nulMoord per suurlemoen


Tsireledzo Mushoma, gold winner in the African language category, said in her acceptance speech: “It gives me motivation to write stories for children in Venda who otherwise might not hear the kind of stories we need to tell them.” Jelleke Wierenga, silver winner in the Afrikaans category, thanked Sanlam and NB for having enough trust in the reading desires of young people to continue with this project (which has been going for over 30 years). She called on those present to encourage a “leeslusrevolusie” and to nurture knowledge hungry teens.

The evening ended on a high note, with some of the authors joining the teens invited to the event in a jolly dance, celebrating these new publications.

Press release

“Sanlam is in the business of planning for tomorrow. Through this sponsorship we honour the wordsmiths for their deep commitment to taking their talent and turn that into award winning literature that will be enjoyed by millions of South African young people as part of our investment in their futures,” says Elena Meyer (Senior Sponsorships Manager at Sanlam).

The total prize money amounts to R54 000: R12 000 for the winner (gold) and R6 000 for the runner-up (silver) in each category.

The Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature is awarded every second year, and was launched in 1980. A panel of readers compiled a shortlist of 18 manuscripts which were then judged by representatives from the educational and trade book sector, librarians and academics. Manuscripts are judged anonymously so that debut writers are able to compete against established authors. Past winners of this prize include Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Barrie Hough, Kabelo Duncan Kgatea, EDM Sibiya, Chris Karsten and Marita van der Vyver.

According to Michelle Cooper (publisher of children and young adult fiction at Tafelberg) the Sanlam Prize is vital in finding and developing new talent and to create literature of high quality for readers aged 12 – 18. “Especially in the minority languages a lot has been contributed since entries in all 11 official languages are invited. Over the years around 78 novels that were awarded the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature have been prescribed as setworks in schools.”

The prize-winning books will be available in bookshops and in e-book format from 1 November.


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Don’t Miss the 10th Annual HorrorFest at The Book Lounge

Halloween is approaching, and that means it’s almost time for this year’s Horrorfest at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

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From The Book Lounge:

It’s once again time to dust off your witch’s hat, release the tarantulas and carve that spooky pumpkin, because the SA HorrorFest Bloody Parchment event happening at the Book Lounge on October 29 at 6pm. Get into the creepy spirit by dressing up as your favourite ghoul or ghost, and join us for an evening of haunted thrills when the likes of Diane Awerbuck, Ruth Browne, SA Partridge, Nerine Dorman, Carine Engelbrecht, Dave-Brendon de Burgh, Zane Marc Gentis and David Horscroft gather to share their tales of weirdness and terror.

As usual, the opening event will be followed by film screenings over the next few days at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town (29 October – 7 November) and The Bioscope in Johannesburg.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 29 October 2014
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland St
    Cape Town | Map
  • Participating ghouls: Diane Awerbuck, Ruth Browne, SA Partridge, Nerine Dorman, Carine Engelbrecht, Dave-Brendon de Burgh, Zane Marc Gentis, David Horscroft
  • RSVP:, 021 462 2425

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Kom kuier saam met Wilna Adriaanse, Nanette van Rooyen, Madri Victor en Marius Uys by D’Aria

Onthou-kos Gesprek

D’Aria Wynlandgoed nooi jou vriendelik uit na ‘n Onthoukos-gesprek en ete met Wilna Adriaanse (Dubbelspel), Nanette van Rooyen (Ek was hier) en Kokkedoor-kok Marius Uys.

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Madri Victor sal op Dinsdag, 28 Oktober 2014 met die skrywers gesels oor hul kosherinneringe. Die geleentheid begin om 12:00 en duur tot 17:00. Kaartjies kos R220 per persoon en ’n kontantkroeg sal beskikbaar wees.

Moet dit nie misloop nie!



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Mia Oosthuizen resenseer Nova: Eindspel deur Fanie Viljoen

Nova: EindspelUitspraak: wortel

Soos die vorige boeke is Eindspel gelaai met seldsame en skrikwekkende buiteruimtelike gebeure en karakters wat sorg vir baie aksie en spanning.

Hoewel die Nova-reeks gewilde leesstof is, sal dit ’n fout wees om dié boek en reeks te onderskat. Naas lekker inhoud bied Fanie Viljoen se werk emosionele diepte, taalkundige en tegniese vernuf en relevansie deur aan te sluit by diskoerse oor wetenskapfiksie, wetenskap van die buitenste ruim, asook ruimtewesens en verwante samesweringsteorieë.


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