Nnedi Okorafor: Broken Places Outer Spaces Finding Creativity in the Unexpected



To the stories she has now written f girls who The Age of Treachery overcome challenges to notnly walk but fly and travel in space excel in science and magic And who love weird bugs and creatures Also she tells f visiting Nigeria and being inspired by her ancestors and family who have supported her along the way in various ways I know this work is very short but it is now ne The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of my favorite works from her becausef the specific links from her life to her workThe 9 minute TED talk that is related to this much expanded book but less autobiographical Afro Futurist Some interesting thoughts Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite on creativity but the book was way to short 112 pages to develop anyf them in depth25 A Ted talk memoir Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of how the author coped with being paralyzed Just basedn her fiction I knew Nnedi Okorafor was an amazing person I enjoy her way f looking at living with a different slant partially based n her background and visits with her family to Nigeria and partially I see now due to the difficult fight she had to regain the use When a Man Loves a Woman of her legs when a scoliosis surgery leaves her paralyzed I don t feel the short Ted talk format let this memoir breathe enough to really reach a great place This was like the sharingf facts with a bare utline f how it affected her I didn t feel like I understood her in my gut just my head I was a little concerned by the implication that you need to be broken in Keep From Falling order to be able to grow stronger and be creative One neat fact I gotut Catalogue the Insanity of this is finally understanding treeing which shows up in her Binti novellas Apparently it s a tennis term for heightened awareness and refers to when you are playingut Blessed Homecoming of your mind when you can do no wrong when you can make the universe yield to your every whim Okorafor s characters have captivated mever the last year and I love getting lost in the worlds she weaves It was fascinating to learn about her Shrek own journey into writing and her inspiration for her characters I would love to read a longer memoir someday thisne stops just as her writing career is beginning This was a combined personal history f Nnedi Okorafor s paralysis an account f the discrimination she received due to the colour Look Alikes Jr. of her skin and a hopeful messagen how to persevere through the dark times and use them. Ual things begin to happen Psychedelic bugs crawl her hospital walls; strange dreams visit her nightly Nnedi begins to put these experiences into writing conjuring up strange fantastical stories What Nnedi discovers during her confinement would prove to be the key to her life as a successful science fiction author In science fiction when something breaks something greater ften emerges from the cracksIn Broken Places Outer Spaces Nnedi takes the reader n a journey from her hospital bed deep into her memories from her painful first experiences with racism as a child in Chicago to her powerf.

I love Okorafor s fiction and was always curious to learn about her life so I was thrilled to get the chance to read this memoir Short and powerful A uick and inspiring read Okorafor s lush literary style is Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin on full display and every page packed a punch It s not everyday you get such a brutally honest and intimateffering from ne f your favorite authors and not every author can produce nonfiction this lovely I feel very privileged to have gotten to read this arc It He Remembers the Barren only cemented my certainty that Nnedi Okorafor isne The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of my favorite human beingsn this planet This book speaks to me n so many levels As a disabled woman who didn t receive a diagnosis until than a decade after my health problems surfaced it s been a process f looking back to see where and how my life changed became broken and rearranged Because Okorafor s disability The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives occurs so suddenly and dramatically she s able to make connections that I hadn t thought to make about myself Despite my almost thirty yearsf living with The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places Ernest HemingwayA short memoir by Afro futurist science fiction writer and Chicagoan Nnedi Okorafor Akata Warrior Binti The Shadow Speaker and also writing comics for Marvel ut f the Black Panther universe who writes The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of Africa science and technology strange creatures with magical realism and strong black feminist commitments with strong young black women main characters whovercome adversity And what are the sources for her writing In this short memoir we learn that the promising athlete and wannabe entomologist Okorafor was diagnosed with scoliosis at 13 was paralyzed for a time from the waist down during corrective surgery During the time she was kind f miraculously recovering she was visited by morphine induccd hallucinations f bugs and began to take notes in the margins Blue Guide New York of science fiction books that would emerge as her early novels The theme and trajectoryf the suffering to success story is not a new ne which she admits liking her sown tory to thers such as Frida Kahlo and Mary Shelley s Frankenstein but she makes the point that she would never have become a writer had she not faced this adversityOkorafor connects this time in her life. A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening award winning science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor shows that what we think are Homesick our limitations have the potential to becomeur greatest strengthsNnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed A college track star and budding entomologist Nnedi’s lifelong battle with scoliosis was just a bump in her plan something a simple A Criminal Affair operation would easily correct But when Nnedi wakes from the surgery to find she can’t move her legs her entire sensef self begins to waver Confined to a hospital bed for months unus.

As your fuel to greatnessI really liked the format for this short autobiographic piece Snippets from Okorafor s time in hospital are interspersed with segments from her early years before the reader gets to journey through to her eventual progression beyond these timesDespite being deeply personal this also conveyed a long lasting message for any reader to take away and I found much to personally connect to Sangue Derramado on the themesf creativity I love Nnedi Okorafor s novels and I found the same power f personality in this autobiography f her A short but powerful narration about the fact that sometimes being broken can be the beginning f something new and good Very uplifting and in her wonderful raw and authentic voiceNow I d love to go back to reading the Binti books and the Who Fears Death books with this knowledge in my mind seeing the autobiographical touch What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become strengths greater than what we had when we were normal r unbroken In much f science fiction when something breaks something greater ften emerges from the cracks pg 5 Nnedi Okorafor s works are a tour de force When I found ut she would be publishing a memoir I didn t even read the blurb Okorafor recounts paralysis from the waist down as a result f a simple peration for scoliosis which runs in her family Ultimately this leads her to self reflection and exploration f an untapped fertile imagination She begins to journal dream write and changes her major to creative writing Charting a path that transformed her existence inside and Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star out There is power imbued in the written word Broken Places Outer Spaces resonated within the marrowf my bones plasma Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of my blood and hidden crevicesf my soul I understand the before and after metamorphosis The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky of a body no longer functioning like before Within that stillness a uiet death and rebirthccur This chrysalis f rebirth is uncertain and lonely but prepares the mind for the new after body I too fantasized about the possibility f cybernetic enhancements be like before At Works Days one point I called myself The Six Million Dollar Man My imagination ran wild along with my emotions But she picked herself up like myself and became something greater 2029 here I come 5 fists. Ul visits to her parents’ hometown in Nigeria From Frida Kahlo to Mary Shelly she examines great artists and writers who have pushed through their limitations using hardship to fuel their work Through these compelling stories and herwn Nnedi reveals a universal truth What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become ur greatest strengths far greater than when we were unbrokenA guidebook for anyone eager to understand how their limitations might actually be used as a creative springboard Broken Places Outer Spaces is an inspiring look at how to pen up new windows in your min.

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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American author of African based science fiction and fantasy Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism Okorafor has won a Hugo a Nebula a World Fantasy Award and a Locus Award and her many fans include Neil Gaiman Rick Riordan John Green and Ursula Le Guin She is writing a series for Marvel about Shuri Black Panther’s sister and has a number of book based project