Binti (novella)

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AuthorNnedi Okorafor
SeriesBinti Trilogy
Genre(s)Science fiction, Horror
PublisherTor Books
AwardsHugo Award, Nebula Award, Nommo Award
Publication date2015
Followed byBinti: Home

Binti is an Africanfuturist science fiction horror novella written by Nnedi Okorafor.[1][2] The novella was published in 2015 by Binti is the first novella in Okorafor's Binti novella series.[3]

Binti won multiple prominent literary awards, including the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novella and the 2016 Nebula Award for the same category.[1][4] A television adaptation is reportedly under development at Hulu.[5]


A young woman named Binti is the first member of the Himba people from Earth to be accepted into the prestigious intergalactic university Oomza Uni. Upon being notified of her acceptance, Binti runs away from home and boards a transport ship to Oomza Uni. While in transit, the ship is hijacked by the Meduse, a jellyfish-like alien species that was previously at war with the Khoush, another human ethnic group. After the Meduse murder all other inhabitants of the ship, Binti retreats into her private living quarters. She subsequently discovers that a piece of ancient technology she had brought with her from Earth, referred to as her edan, enables direct communication with the Meduse, and that her otjize, a type of mixed clay made from the soil of her homeland, has healing properties when applied to the tentacles of the Meduse. She makes a friend in one of the younger, more hot-headed Meduse, named Okwu, and subsequently brokers a tentative truce between herself and the hijacker; the truce entails Binti's profound physical transformation. Upon arrival at the university, she is able to negotiate a short lasting peace between the Meduse and the human race, after which she begins her studies at Oomza Uni in earnest.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]


The novella has 3 sequels.[3] The first, Binti: Home, was released on January 31, 2017.[13] The third installment, Binti: The Night Masquerade, was released in January 2018, and was nominated for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novella.[14][15] Subsequently, DAW/Penguin/PRH published an omnibus edition of the three novellas with an additional short story titled "Binti: Sacred Fire",[16] which serves as an interlude between Binti and Home.[17][18]


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  2. ^ Pilling, David (February 16, 2021). "Africanfuturism is partly an attempt to grapple with the past". Financial Times. Archived from the original on February 25, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Harris, Lee (27 April 2016). "Nnedi Okorafor Pens Two More Binti Tales". Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  4. ^ a b "Nebula Award Winners Announced". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 2016.
  5. ^ "'Binti' Adaptation From Michael Ellenberg in the Works at Hulu (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 14 January 2020.
  6. ^ Okorafor, Nnedi (2015). Binti. ISBN 978-0765385253. Excerpt available at
  7. ^ "2016 Hugo Awards Announced". The Hugo Awards. 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
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  9. ^ "BSFA Awards 2015 Shortlist announced". BSFA - The official website of the British Science Fiction Association. 2016-02-08. Archived from the original on 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  10. ^ "Announcing the 2016 British Fantasy Award Winners". 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  11. ^ Publications, Locus (3 May 2016). "Locus Online News » 2016 Locus Awards Finalists". Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  12. ^ "Announcing the 2017 Nommo Award Winners". November 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Binti: Home". 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  14. ^ "Binti: The Night Masquerade | Nnedi Okorafor | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  15. ^ "Hugo Finalists for 2019". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  16. ^ Lapointe, Annette. "A book review by Annette Lapointe: Binti: The Complete Trilogy". New York Journal of Books. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  17. ^ Jones, Tadiana; Capossere, Bill; Nyman, Jana (February 8, 2019). "BINTI: The Complete Trilogy: Diverse opinions for a story of diversity | Fantasy Literature: Fantasy and Science Fiction Book and Audiobook Reviews".
  18. ^ "Why You Need to Read: "Binti: The Complete Trilogy"". aquavenatus. February 6, 2019.

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