Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. 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... show more
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. 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.
If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive.
Publish date: 2015-09-22
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
Series: Binti (#1)
The novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor won the 2015 Nebula and 2016 Hugo Awards for Best Novella. These honors are well deserved. Binti is a wonderful story that in a few short pages uses the conventions of SF to explore race, cultural appropriation, and all without preaching. I was blown away by Bi...
The cover was perfect. On a related note, look at what the author had to say about the whitewashing of her covers. I loved how the acknowledgments described UAE as "futuristic ancient". It is such a perfect description because you get this old feel when you visit the place and then there are those...
I expected this to be rather near-future SF about a Himba girl, a girl from the Namib Desert, going to a university in space and all the cultural differences and difficulties she would experience there. Instead, this was far-future SF with a culture clash of a different kind. Also, the Himba have de...
So I'm going to do a short review, and a longer one behind a page cut. I'm going to spoil things behind the page cut, so there you go. I'm also going to get fairly long, so there you go. I was in a long, long book slump and the longer I was in the slump, the more depressed I got. The more...
I wasn't impressed with this. It started off so promising and then just left me scratching my head.