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- I’ve never heard the term “numerical synesthesia,” but now that I have, yes, this is how she often sees. This is how she is able to calm herself. This is her path to tapping into the energy of spirit. I’ve also blended it with a phenomenon that I became familiar with while playing sports. “Treeing” was when you were effortlessly performing at a level beyond yourself. It was like looking into time and space and being able to manipulate it, but if you tried to analyze it, you’d fall out of it…
- On how the title character in Binti! visualizes numbers in “Interview: Nnedi Okorafor” in Lightspeed Science Fiction & Fantasy (Mar 2017)
- I believe aliens have definitely been here. I don’t think the theory that they have affected, interacted with, exchanged with the people of Earth (human and otherwise) in the past takes away from the accomplishments or innovations of anyone. I think the general belief that certain peoples are less than other peoples is what does that…
- On her belief about extraterrestrial life in “Interview: Nnedi Okorafor” in Lightspeed Science Fiction & Fantasy (Mar 2017)
- The theme of choice and the power of culture pops up in my stories often. Before Binti, the biggest example of this is in Who Fears Death when Onyesonwu must face the decision of whether or not to go through a ceremony that required cutting off her clitoris. To many readers, the fact that she even has to think about whether or not to do this is shocking. It’s not shocking to me at all, coming from the culture that I come from where the individual is often secondary to the community…
- On choice being reconciled with culture in her works in “Interview: A Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor” in Weird Fiction Review (2017 Feb 20)
- I don’t think about what I write and the way I write as “containers”, nor do I think about what others will see it as. I just write it. I know that I am deeply interested in post-humanism and how our pasts connect with our futures and present. I’m interested in African and Arab cultures and how they both battle and blend and I’m coming at this not as a researcher, but as a participant. I’m interested in technology and spirituality and how they blend and what happens when they blend. I think that my interests and the results of them in my stories lead to very “weird” fiction…
- On her interests and how they are intertwined in her writings in “Interview: A Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor” in Weird Fiction Review (2017 Feb 20)
Who Fears Death (2010)
- Winner of the 2011 World Fantasy Award. All page numbers from the trade paperback first edition published by Daw Books ISBN 978-0-7564-0669-1
- In this book chapters 26-59 have no titles.
- Withholding the truth is lying.
- Chapter 14, “The Storyteller” (p. 95)
- People hate what they don’t understand.
- Chapter 15, “The House of Osugbo” (p. 100)
- “Are you willing to allow other the same right to their beliefs?”
“If their beliefs don’t hurt others and, when I feel the need, I am allowed to call them stupid in my mind, then yes.”
- Chapter 17, “Full Circle” (p. 110)
- “Is it better to give or receive?”
“They’re the same,” I said. “One can’t exist without the other. But if you keep giving without receiving, you’re a fool.”
- Chapter 17, “Full Circle” (p. 111)
- We fear what we don’t know.
- Chapter 21, “Gadi” (p. 139)
- There is nothing that a man must believe that can’t be seen or touched or sensed.
- Chapter 23, “Bushcraft” (p. 144)
- When I am not moving toward my fate, it comes to me.
- Chapter 44 (p. 273)
- Mortality smelled muddy and wet and I reeked of it.
- Chapter 45 (p. 278)
- Just because something is not alive, does not mean that it is dead. You have to be alive first to be dead.
- Chapter 45 (p. 281)