For those not in the know, Okorafor is a pretty fascinating writer. More than any other major sf/fantasy author, she’s been creating a fantasy vision that centralizes African culture and mythology in the same way that Tolkien and Rowling centralize British mythology. Her books abound with fetishes (not the sexual kind, the magic kind), secret societies with criminal underpinnings, female genital mutilations, spicy foods, tribal conflicts–as well as Americans who move to Nigeria, local rap stars, spaceships, and an apocalypse or two.
I’ll be honest, her prose style is sometimes off-putting to me. She likes the word “screech” way more than I do, and things sometimes read clunky to me. But her ideas are so vivid and delightful (or horrifying, or both), and her vision is so new to me; I eat up everything I find by her.
The fact that her novel “Who Fears Death” is gonna become HBO’s next big thing is thrilling to me. And Martin’s escorting her to the Emmys is the coolest thing I’ve heard about GRRM in yonks.
Are there other Okorafor fans out there?