Published April 10, 2017
The work of award-winning science fiction author and UB faculty member Nnedi Okorafor will be celebrated at this year’s Signature Series, the annual event celebrating UB’s legacy of innovation and distinction in arts and letters.
As part of the celebration, taking place April 27-28 on the North Campus, members of the UB community and the public are invited to attend several events:
All events are free, but advance registration is requested.
Okorafor, associate professor in the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences is a novelist of African-based science fiction and fantasy for both children and adults. In 2016, she became one of only four authors in the past 20 years to win both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award — two of the science fiction genre’s highest literary honors — for her novella “Binti,” the story of a mathematically gifted young African woman who must leave her family and customs to attend the galaxy’s most respected university.
Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Okorafor is known for weaving African culture into creative, evocative settings and memorable characters. The New York Times has described her novels as combining “politically complex science fiction and lyrical fantasy.”