“Nick Olson’s novel-in-flash Afterglow is one of those rare finds in the speculative world – a book whose layered, nuanced writing will thrill the literary devotee, while also conjuring a forgotten sense of wonder in the die-hard scifi fan. Each of these self-contained chapters reads like a stroke of lightning, illuminating another unexpected clue, a brilliant twist in our future history. Taken together, these lush, vibrant flash-chapters add up to a complex interweaving of prophets, heroes, and metal men; of technology that morphs from transcendent to horrific and back again. While the scope of the story is grand, its heart is filled with quintessential human curiosity, longing, and love. You won’t want to put this book down.”
– Myna Chang, award-winning flash author & host of Electric Sheep SF
“Nick Olson’s stories play at the edges of our realities, giving glimpses into what could be if we just looked hard enough. Each piece is a perfectly crafted gem that together add up to be a compellingly beautiful and haunting read.”
– Chloe N. Clark, Collective Gravities and Escaping the Body
From the author of Here’s Waldo and The Brother We Share comes AFTERGLOW, a literary speculative fiction novel-in-flash that charts the spread and effects of the glow: an invisible, mysterious killer that has changed humanity in ways that reverberate even 50,000 years from now.
AFTERGLOW follows a host of characters whose lives, though seemingly disparate, intertwine and find shared meaning across time periods and social structures. In forty-two stories, we ride out the first wave of collapse with someone who begins a consciousness uploading process in a desperate attempt for more time. A child whose mother gifts them a voice recorder from the beforetimes, its mysteries carrying them into adulthood. A reclusive but influential science fiction author whose magnum opus is uncovered and revered far into the future. The inner workings of a religion in the wastes known as the Children of the Great and Mysterious Innernet. A band of metal refugees who, while living in mechanical bodies, are still all too human.
In a world so divorced from its past, people piece together what they can through found voice recordings, visual records, and stories that have become apocryphal. Some find meaning in structures, like the tech-preservationists at the Archive or the religious order of the GAMI. But as fanatical elements take over these groups and twist them into barely recognizable forms, it’s the outliers and outcasts who must effect change by finding their tribe–or forming new ones altogether. Here, empires fall but people carry on. In these stories that are as cautionary as they are hopeful, as nervously aware as they are focused on the precious time we have, each action ripples out into a future stranger than we could possibly imagine.
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