“Hello, Moto” – A Brief, Enchanting Introduction to Fantasy Author Nnedi Okorafor

Illustration by Jillian Tamaki (via. Tor.com)

So you’ve never heard of Nnedi Okorafor… Or maybe you’ve heard the name, but aren’t sure you’d like her work…. Or maybe you’ve been meaning to read her work for some time now, but it’s never quite made it to the top of the pile of books you’ve been meaning to get to…

Well, Hello, Moto is the perfect solution. It’s 16 pages of awesome, packing in sci-fi, witchcraft, futurism, and social commentary on Black women’s hair.  And you can read it for free on Tor.com or download it on your reader for $0.99.  Read it on your commute, read it while you’re waiting for the water to boil, read it for a brief fantastical escape from your office work drudgery. It will stick with you beyond the 20 minutes it takes to read it.

It’s an impressive feat that Okorafor was able to craft such a complete story into such a small space.  Hello, Moto casts both large broad strokes to give the world it’s shape …

“Don’t ever mix juju with technology. There is witchcraft in science and science to witchcraft. Both will conspire against you eventually.”

and sharp, striking details…

“Everything about Philo rattled as she stopped and lifted her purse – the jangling bangles on her arms, her jingling earrings and her three gold chain necklaces. She was clicks and clacks, shines and sparkles.”

Even in just 16 pages, Okorafor gives us distinct character voices, draws us in with intrigue, and paints a picture of a world that grabs the imagination…which should give you a good idea as to dynamic worlds and incredible characters she creates in her novels.

Known her award-winning YA fantasy novels, like Zahrah the Windseeker and Akata Witch, Okorafor most recently published novel more tailored to adult readers titled Who Fears Death, which boasts a focus on social and political issues in Nigeria weaved seamlessly into the tapestry of the thrilling magical worlds she is best known for creating.

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