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Nnedi Okorafor
Works at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Tor.com will publish the first story I've written set in space. I love this photo because it was taken moments before I saw the jellyfish in the lagoon that inspired the story. :-)
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Lagoon is a Gemmell Award nominee. :-D Science fiction, feminist literature, now fantasy. It's great to see Lagoon appreciated as a multifaceted novel.
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It should have been in the Hugo shortlist. Lagoon deserved it. 
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Great NPR story, proud to be a part of it.
For years, black authors stood out in science fiction and fantasy because there were so few. Now, says Alaya Dawn Johnson, though there are still obstacles, black authors are making themselves heard.
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LAGOON has been shortlist for a British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel. :-D!!!!!
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Congrats!
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I’ve loved fantasy and science fiction novels ever since I picked up A Wrinkle in Time in elementary school. I was making the leap from picture books to chapter books, and was pleased to find out that chapter books weren’t stuck by the boring limitations of “reality” like I feared. That’s what I
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Awesome collection! Time to head back to the library!
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The first publication review of THE BOOK OF PHOENIX is in. I love the sub-title of the review, "Gives you wings." :-)!!
In the library of the mind, shelve Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix between The X-Men and Frankenstein. A companion to Okorafor's Who Fears Death, which won the World Fantasy Award in 2011, The Book of Phoenix tells the story of Phoenix, one of the mutant "speciMen" a fut
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Very nice! Working on getting myself a copy. 
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Lagoon has been selected as a TipTree Honor Book. :-D

It's great that Lagoon keeps making these different finalist lists. It's science fiction, it's got a feminist thread (everything I write does...since I'm a feminist), mysticism (Ijele, Mami Wata and Legba make appearances), fantasy (the Road Monster...though I think that's more realism, heh. Drive in Nigeria and you'll agree), it's political satire (there's a missing president and a VP named Wishwell Williams). It's so many things and it's nice that it's appreciated for that.
This year, there are 2 winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. See them, and the Honor List, right here.
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The cover of my forthcoming children's book, CHICKEN IN THE KITCHEN (illustrator is Mehrdokht Amini). Published by Lantana Publishing (Sept 2015). 
What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate of course! When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a hilarious adventure where nothing is quite as it seems.
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Just learned Lagoon has been nominated for an SFX Award. grin emoticon! You can vote for it here (it's at the 10th slide, I think).
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Sounds like the perfect Award for this novel; plenty of tentacles in Lagoon. :-D
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Who Fears Death gets a shout out here:
If filmmakers and studios are too lazy to come up with stories about women, here are 20 ideas they're welcome to steal.
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  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    Associate Professor, 2014 - present
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Professor and award-winning author of Who Fears Death (DAW), Akata Witch (Penguin), Zahrah the Windseeker (Houghton Mifflin), and The Shadow Speaker (Disney)
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Nnedi is the international award-winning author of Who Fears Death (DAW, June 2010), Zahrah the Windseeker (HM), The Shadow Speaker (Disney), and Akata Witch (Penguin Books, 2011)
Bragging rights
winner of the World Fantasy Award, The Wole soyinka Prize, The Macmillan Prize, and The Parallax Award.
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Rhetoric- BA, 1992 - 1996
  • Michigan State University
    Journalism- MA, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Literature- MA, 2001 - 2003
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Literature- PhD, 2003 - 2007
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