‘So many different types of odd’: how Nnedi Okorafor is changing the face of sci-fi

With a Wonder comedian beneath her belt and a unique being tailored for TV by way of HBO, the Nigerian-American author is flying the flag for black, feminine geeks

As the science fiction novelist Nnedi Okorafor takes to the level at the TEDGlobal convention in Tanzania, she demanding situations stereotypes prior to she has stated a phrase. The 43-year-old author who gained the 2016 Hugo award (the Oscars of the sci-fi global) for easiest novella doesn’t appear to be a lot of a geek. Sure, she wears outsized glasses, however Okorafor’s specifications are fashionable, royal-blue Cat-Eyes, now not wiry aviators. And, crucially, she occurs to be a black lady.

The Nigerian-American’s good fortune has been applauded as a victory through a group that has lengthy cheered her on from the margins. So when she tweeted on 11 August that she used to be running on her first challenge with the comedian writer Wonder, enthusiasts have been extremely joyful. (“A Wonder tale. Written via a Nigerian lady. Set in Lagos. Superhero’s identify: NGOZI. What a time to be alive,” wrote one fan on Twitter) And with a novel, Who Fears Dying, to be tailored for TV through HBO (George RR Martin is its government manufacturer) Okorafor is about to head from the solitary geek reference-point for younger African ladies to everyone’s favorite new sci-fi author.

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