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Binti av Nnedi Okorafor
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Binti (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 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)
Medlem:preese
Titel:Binti
Författare:Nnedi Okorafor (Författare)
Info:Tor.com (2015), Edition: 1, 96 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:fiction

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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 |
Binti, the protagonist of this afrofuturistic novella, is a member of the Himba tribe from northern Nimbia. Since fresh water is rare and precious where she was raised, members of the tribe bathe with otjize, a mixture of clay and aromatic flowers. The orange-tinged substance is also used to protect their skin from the harsh desert environment. Otjize plays an integral part of the story.

Binti is the first of her tribe to receive a scholarship to the prestigious Oomza University, an institution of higher education in the distant parts of the galaxy, serving a mixture of galactic races, only 5% being human. Accompanying her on the transport starship include a contingent from the Meduse race, named for the tentacles branching out from their translucent bodies. The Meduse at war with Oomza University and are stowaways on this interstellar space trip hoping to invade the university. For Binti to survive the trip, she will need her wits, courage and the wisdom of the Himba people.

If science fiction isn't your "cup of tea", you should still read this award-winning novella. At its core, it is a story of fear and prejudice, misunderstandings, epiphanies, reconciliation, friendship and community. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 18, 2021 |
I loved the writing of this science fiction novella. This is not a genre I am well read in nor one I prefer to peruse often. But the story is short and the blurb caught my interest, so I took a chance and I am glad I did.

One parallel to current Earth is obvious with the Himba people of the Namib who are oppressed by the Khoush, the white people. Binti, the 16 year old Himba girl who is the main character is leaving home for the first time to go to university. Only her people don't leave home ever and leaving will make her an outcast. Additionally the university is on another planet which makes leaving home a bit more drastic. Unfortunately the humans on Earth are in a galactic war against the Meduse, a people of a distant planet. Binti would be safe from the Meduse on Earth, but traveling to university puts her ship in harm's way.

Binti's encounter with the Meduse should have ended badly, but she has a secret talisman that she doesn't know how to use. It works well enough to save her life and gives her the opportunity to negotiate with the Meduse.

I know there are issues with the end of this story. It was quick and the resolution is too pat and easy. The leaders of the university are more moral and understanding than one could ever actually hope for. Apparently Jean Luc Picard's clone was in charge. But still I liked this book and look forward to the next in the series. And I will check out more by Okorafor as I should have done long ago. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
I hadn't heard about this one but saw it when browsing the shelves of a local book store recently. It looked neat, so I picked it up and enjoyed it a lot. It's brief but compelling. I learned a little bit about a pocket of modern humanity and liked seeing how the author imagines the future of that humanity out in the wide galaxy. My biggest beef is that there's not more of it -- more words, more of Binti, more details, more world-building. I've ordered the other two books in the trilogy. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Read as quickly as a short story. As such (and having a bit of a young-adult feel) it doesn't delve into complications (like family popping up to say "Okay fine but hey they massacred our kids!" for example - I mean I definitely agree with returning the tentacle but this other wee detail does need to be addressed at some point in interstellar negotiations), just focuses as a character-study on the title character, her culture, and the (single?) culture of the Meduse. I liked the setting (narrowly, Binti's home, more broadly the possibly post-recovery-from-apocalypse Earth, and then more broadly yet the vast universe of which we see only a university where humans are a minority) and the biotech focus, with a side in metal, that makes me wonder if the "god-stone" is plastic. ( )
  zeborah | Jan 1, 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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