Nnedi Okorafor’s award-winning work inventively blends African culture with issues of race and ethnicity with magical futurism to provide visions of possible futures—all based around engaging female protagonists. Even before her Tor.com Publishing novella Binti sent the first Earth student to the galaxy’s finest university, Okorafor was examining post-apocalyptic futures on Earth with Who Fears Death and its prequel, The Book of Phoenix (both from DAW Books). We want to send you a prize pack with all three books!
Who Fears Death won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for its translation of the Darfur conflict to a post-apocalyptic future Sudan: Conceived from the rape of an Okeke woman by a Nuru man, Onyesonwu (her name means “who fears death”) possesses great magical powers. When she comes of age, she ventures out to confront her sorcerous father.
The Book of Phoenix (which was published earlier this year) is a prequel to Who Fears Death, focusing on another superpowered woman: Phoenix is an “accelerated woman,” a genetic experiment only two years old but far superior to normal humans. At first content to live under the eye of her creators with her fellow altered humans, Phoenix’s world is rocked when her lover Saeed witnesses something so horrific that he takes his own life. This loss leads her on a journey from the United States to Africa and back, changing the course of humanity’s future.
Then there’s Binti, the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. Read an excerpt from Binti, available September 22 from Tor.com Publishing.
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