Nnedi Okorafor

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Africanfuturism n. 2018 N. Okorafor Tweet 5 Nov. Please understand that Africanfuturism is not synonymous to Afrofuturism. The center/foundation is not American (sorry, this *is* the case with Afrofuturism, whether anyone wants to admit it or not), it’s in Africa.
Africanfuturism n. 2018 N. Okorafor Tweet 8 June There will be a Binti omnibus (published by @dawbooks, the publisher of WHO FEARS DEATH). And it will include a brand new Binti story called, “Sacred Fire”.…#InterstellarFiction #Africanfuturism
alien n. 2021 N. Okorafor Remote Control ii. 38 ‘Do you believe in aliens?’ he asked. Fatima shook her head. ‘Me, neither,’ he said. ‘But the LifeGen Corporation does and they can locate and track things using satellite and radar. Things like that odd meteor shower two years ago. [...]’
cyborg n. 2019 N. Okorafor Broken Places & Outer Spaces vii. 55 In the year 2029, my legs’ exoskeletons are made of magnesium alloy woven into a delicate periwinkle lattice of networks, thin and barely noticeable like the web of a spider that catches the light just so. [...] In 2029, I’m anything but normal. I am a cyborg. However, in 1993, I wasn’t quite there yet. I was closer to where I’d been as an infant, frustrated as I tried to retrain my body to do such a seemingly simple task. I hoisted myself up.
deep space n. 2018 N. Okorafor Gone in Shuri (#1) Dec. (2019) (unpaged) Good morning, Wakanda. It’s a historic day as final preparations are being made for our nation’s first human space mission. King T’Challa and his associate, the mutant known as Manifold, will take the shuttle that you see here on an exploratory mission into deep space.
force field n. 2019 N. Okorafor Groot Boom in Shuri (#3) Feb. (unpaged) Aaand now it’s got an electronic force field. This just keeps getting better and better.
mutant n. 2019 N. Okorafor & V. Ayala Living Memory in Shuri (#10) Sept. (unpaged) ‘Shuri, look! I can literally read the stories in the Djalia through my hands! I never knew my mutant powers could do something like this!’ ‘I’m glad you’ve finally found yourself, Muti, but we’ve got more immediate concerns!’ ‘Right, right. Giant space bug.’
nanotech adj. 2018 N. Okorafor Gone in Shuri (#1) Dec. (2019) (unpaged) My latest success! Nanotech wings. Emergency flight in a can. I am awesome.
robo- prefix 2021 N. Okorafor Remote Control vii. 85 The robocop turned to her as she stood there. It was probably scanning her for any kind of tech so that it could digitally send her a ‘Welcome to RoboTown’ message.
robocop n. 2021 N. Okorafor Remote Control vii. 85 They were called ‘robocops’ and they were supposedly artificially intelligent. If anything, she was sure they at least were connected to the internet and could scan and search every person around it for information. As if to prove this, the robocop turned to her as she stood there. It was probably scanning her for any kind of tech so that it could digitally send her a ‘Welcome to RoboTown’ message.
sci-fi n. 2019 N. Okorafor Broken Places & Outer Spaces viii. 57 Even before I began to write science fiction, though I didn’t know it, I was sci-fi. In those moments, my athleticism really was a superpower. Now, when I write about characters with abilities, the gift of flight, time travel, shape-shifting, I draw from my own experiences as an incredible athlete. And for these characters’ conflicts and limitations within the narrative, I draw from my experiences with and recovering from paralysis.
shuttle n. 2015 N. Okorafor Binti 11 The shuttle was one of the new sleek models…. These ones glided fast over land using a combination of air current, magnetic fields, and exponential energy.
spaceship n. 2021 N. Okorafor Remote Control ii. 41 After tossing and turning for two hours, she’d gotten up to play with her plush rabbit. ‘You are very nice,’ she told it as she sat on her bed. ‘But you’re not like my seed.’ She paused, listening with her six-year-old ears. ‘It’s not my fault,’ the rabbit responded in a soft baby voice. She smiled. ‘I know. But it doesn’t change the fact. Adults never understand.’ ‘Come on, let’s play spaceship,’ the rabbit said. And Fatima and the rabbit shot into space for a few minutes. The rebellion of playing with her new toy when she was supposed to be asleep gave her a bit of satisfaction.
superhero n. 2020 N. Okorafor Ikenga iii. 30 Superheroes got to view the world differently because their lives were so crazy; they could be anyone and they could dive into danger when it was at its worst and win. Superheroes survived. Nnamdi would have loved to have a conversation about all this with even Auntie Grace but instead she kept talking.
super-science n. 2019 N. Okorafor & V. Ayala Friend in Need in Shuri (#7) June (unpaged) ‘Okay, here are the glove’s schematics—I based them off of one of Dr. Hall’s papers about particle acceleration. I, uh, I’m kind of a physics buff.’ ‘Hmm. I would need more specialized tools than I brought with me on this trip to make anything sophisticated enough to interact with this design.’ ‘Mind if I take a look? I actually spend a lot of time messing with super-science.’
teleporter n. 1 2018 N. Okorafor Gone in Shuri (#1) Dec. (2019) (unpaged) For the nation’s own good, T’Challa is keeping some of the reasons for this mission secret from the public. I think he’s even keeping secrets from me. That’s why I made sure he took Manifold with him. My brother doesn’t know everything. A teleporter is my insurance against the unknown. Even if I’m going to miss him almost as much as I’ll miss my brother.
wormhole n. 2018 N. Okorafor Gone in Shuri (#1) Dec. (2019) (unpaged) ‘Well, the shuttle has launched. Everything on schedule so far?’ ‘Yes, Princess Shuri—the wormhole looks stable. At least as stable as a wormhole can be.’