Ake Festival 2016
15-19 November, 2016
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Geoff Ryman is Senior Lecturer in School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester. He is the author of several works of science fiction and literary fiction as well as short stories author and an interactive web novel. His work has won numerous awards including the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award (twice), the James W .Tiptree Memorial Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the British Science Fiction Association Award (twice) and the Canadian Sunburst Award (twice). In 2012 he won a Nebula Award for his Nigeria-set novelette'What We Found'.His novel AIR was listed in THE GUARDIAN's 1000 Novels You Must Read.253 is listed by Carmen Maria Machado on the GRANTA website as the best book of 1998.
He has a Leverhulme International Academic Fellowship to research the rise of science fiction and fantasy in Africa. He also organises two reading groups of mainstream African Fiction, both called ARG! One meets in London the first Sunday of every month 4.30 pm at BOOK AND KITCHEN bookshop. The Manchester Group meets the third Tuesday 6.30 pm at HABESHA restaurant.