34: Binti – Nerds at Their Best and Worst

Fresh off the release of Home (Binti #2), Claire and Kyle are eager to talk about Nnedi Okorafor’s award-winning science fiction series.  Binti, the eponymous heroine, is heavily influenced by her Himba heritage.  Claire gives a brief overview of this African tribe’s history, as well as some of their rituals which are woven into the story.  Kyle continues with a look at how Okorafor’s culture and life experiences have impacted her work. And on a somewhat darker note, he describes the controversy of last year’s Hugo Awards and the attempted pushback against works by women and people of color.  Our hosts finish with their thoughts on the series and the world Okorafor created.

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