Fantasy and Science Fiction have been the top of my reading lists since I was a teen. I love sneaking off into magical realms and venturing out among the far-off stars. Robots, wizards, spaceships, and mythical beasts; I’ll take them all in the stories I read. These days, it’s the voices of some supremely talented black authors who’ve captured my imagination with every page I turn. Among them, N.K. Jemisin, Marlon James, Tomi Adeyemi, and Nnedi Okorafor.
These authors are changing the face of science fiction and fantasy. We are learning to spread beyond the accepted boundaries of popular genre fiction. Marlon James and N.K. Jemisin are master world-builders, diving us so deep in their works that we come out needing to catch our breath. Tomi Adeyemi forces us to look at the social turmoil in her stories and compare it to what surrounds us today. And Nnedi Okorafor, self-proclaimed Africanfuturist, demands we imagine a broad future for African men and women beyond the repercussions of colonialism and on their own terms.
And there are so many more black authors doing just that. I highly recommend each of these talented authors, and urge everyone to go out there and give them a try. It often feels like diverse voices are crowded out in genre, but the stories they deliver are so worth looking for!
Includes a brand-new Binti story!
Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home to distant Oomza University.
Instant New York Times Bestseller
TIME Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time
TIME 100: Most Influential People of 2020
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018
TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018
NPR's Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads List
Buzzfeed's 24 Best YA Books of 2018
Bustle's Top 25 Best Young Adults Books of 2018
Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.
One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize
Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award
The New York Times Bestseller
Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post