Okorafor, Nnedi

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Here, the stigmatized immigrant aliens are aliens from outer space, the Nigerians are the good guys, a family’s “putting down roots” acquires novel implications, prosthetic body parts bypass the usual assumptions, and genocide turns up where you least expect it...


Speaking to the global immigration and refugee crises through the lens of Afrofuturism, this brilliant and decidedly progressive work will be an essential addition to most adult graphic novels collections. [See Martha Cornog’s “Afrofuturism and More,” LJ 11/19.]

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

 A brief but arresting memoir draped with colors of hope and resilience.


Who Fears Death

Okorafor's award-winning science fantasy evokes a postapocalyptic Africa and doesn't shy away from heavy themes of trauma, war, identity, and culture...

Binti: The Night Masquerade

The worldbuilding here continues to be unparalleled as Okorafor's deliberate yet delicate prose transports readers to a place in the stars once again.

The Book of Phoenix

This prequel to Okorafor's World Fantasy award winner Who Fears Death tells another fascinating tale of futuristic fantasy, although the labs give this tale a more sf feel despite the superhuman characters. Phoenix becomes a true heroine, leading other lab dwellers to freedom. Action, excitement, and exotic locales abound, but the book is grounded by its unflinching exposure of the brutalities of colonialism, racism, and greed, and exalted by the beauty of Okorafor's prose.

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