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Wole Talabi

Wole Talabi is a full-time engineer, part-time writer and some-time editor from Nigeria. His stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF), Lightspeed Magazine, AfroSFv3, Omenana, and other places. He has edited two anthologies and co-written a play. His fiction has been nominated for the Caine Prize, the Nommo Awards, and been translated into Norwegian, Chinese, and French. His debut collection of stories, Incomplete Solutions, is out now. He currently lives and works in Malaysia.
An Arc of Electric Skin

An Arc of Electric Skin

It was during his weeks of torment that something broke in Akachi. To be treated that way by those who were meant to protect and serve you, to know that they could kill you and nothing would happen, it does something to your mind. Pain can clarify things. He told me later that after hours of unrelenting terror and agony, he’d stopped fearing death, that he’d realized then that he’d been so focused on surviving the system that he hadn’t ever truly been alive, that he was doing nothing but dying slowly and had been doing so for a long time. He told me that when he was released, he’d resolved to ensure things changed.