Cover of "A Brother in Outer Space"

Ein bror i verdsrommet
Published by Samlaget, 2021

Wonder and excitement at how small we are in the grand scheme of things
Elias is happy that his big brother Mats is coming home on leave from the hospital, but it doesn’t turn out to be quite what Elias had expected. Mats is thin and weak and doesn’t have the energy to do anything Elias had planned. Soon Mats has to return to the hospital and it makes Elias feel sick to his stomach. What if his big brother doesn’t get well again?

At the same time, Elias discovers a strange beeping from the old radios in his room. Could this be connected to the odd red light coming from the Edvardsen’s window next door? Together with his friends Mina, Mu and Olivia, he tries to get to the bottom of the mystery.

A Brother in Outer Space explores big questions about life, death and whether we’re alone in the universe – and about being a slightly unusual superhero.

Rune Hjemås (b. 1982) made his debut in 2008 with the short story collection I’m Not Afraid, I’m Not Afraid, and has many of publications under his belt. Hjemås studied at a writing academy and has a master’s degree in law. A Brother in Outer Space is his first children’s book.