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Binti (2015)

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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 gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.… (mer)
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Binti av Nnedi Okorafor (2015)

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Very interesting. I look forward to reading more in the series. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
Short, nice story. Beautifully written. The narrator had a lovely voice. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 6, 2021 |
I don't know why I always hesitate to read books that involve space/space travel because I typically enjoy them. This novella was wonderful and my only complaint was that I wish it had been a full novel! ( )
  thereserose5 | Mar 3, 2021 |
With a brain like mine, you have to forgive me that most of my life has been spent in the pursuit of escape in one form or another. The relentless noise in there just tiresome. Snatches of songs, ideas and feelings blended with a bunch of narrations of my life- good and bad- just leaves me distracted and anxious most of the time. All of this is to say: I have a finely honed nose for things that will pull me out of myself.

This morning I'm thinking of when I discovered the young adult science fiction of Robert Heinlein. Now for those of you with a shallow familiarity with this author, he had in general two phases: his here's how the natural laws of the world work and isn't it cool to think about and his here's my opinions which I'm going to treat as natural laws and if you don't agree with these opinions, you are a bad person. I will not even consider his later work after 1980 which, while one or two things are marginally interesting, is largely composed of terribly written erotica and should have never been published.

Anyway, back to the thread: He wrote a series of what was then an unnamed category of books which today we would call young adult books. They ranged from farmers on the moons of Jupiter, to a space military force, to spoiled brats living on mars. When I was a tween and young teen, I loved the books. They were optimistic and had a deep grounding in natural law as well as the kind of culture I had grown up in. So I identified with the characters and thought wow! They were super comforting in that the characters lived in a hard but ultimately fair universe which was explainable in simple ways. And success was largely contingent upon working hard, giving others a break, forgiving those that are not (yet) living that way and avoiding the rest.

For folks my age and background, white and male, who are future oriented, it is hard to overstate how deeply influential these books are.

In fact a few years ago a giant kerfuffle came up in the sci fi awards world led by folks who would point to these as the good science fiction and all the more speculative stuff that came later as bad science fiction. This later was the types of books that played with the ideas of gender as well as political and sociological ideas. It probably is not too much to say that the alt-right used this as the launching pad for their larger political ambitions, honing the tactics that have been so successful. And indeed after that one time, they moved onto other ground and we sci fi people went back to doing our thing unmolested by them.

I was just as upset as anyone of the outside agitators coming in and taking a giant dump in the punch bowl as it were. I found the new stuff about as interesting in the same ratio as the old stuff- there was certainly a bunch of old stuff that was terribly written and lacking any good ideas. Indeed the grand master himself, Heinlein, published a number of barely acceptable screeds under a pseudonym. He judged them to be not quality enough for his main imprimatur and he was right.

But after a few years, I started seeing that the puppies (don't ask it was a stupid name but that's the name they chose) had a kind of point. There is a metric boatload of young adult science fiction being published but where is the optimistic, salt of the earth stories? We were getting dystopian out the yin yang but not a whole lot else.

Then I stumbled across the spiritual successor to Heinlein, Nnedi Okorafor. She gave us the story Binti. It's a story of a young person who deals with a particular situation in a way that is tied to her character and grit in way sorely missing. It is who she is and where she came from that makes her uniquely situated to work out the problem facing her. It is tremendous fun and a very quick read. I highly recommend it to anyone who mourns the lack of good successors to the Heinlein juveniles.

Of course I can not stop there. I have to mention this got me into a whole series of African authors who write Afrofuturism. Most of this is delightfully weird and familiar. It all has tremendous energy in it. And while it is not all about young white male protagonists, it is spiritually, intellectually a fantastic successor/addition to this type of optimistic fiction. It is the perfect antidote to being stuck inside and waiting for the doom to befall us. And it shuts up that interior cacophony!

What about you? What do you read that quiets the internal drum beat of noise? What gets you out of yourself but at the same time makes you think the future can be better than the past or the now?

Stay Safe out there! ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
A short novella in a somewhat new-to-me genre of afrofuturism. While definitely science-fiction (space travel), there is a pretty significant element of magic as well. Some interesting ideas (their ship is really a giant space-faring relative of the shrimp & and the enemy is a jellyfish/stingray hybrid) are given but this definitely serves mostly as an introduction to Binti's world with fairly limited action. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
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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 gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.

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