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Binti is a science fiction novella written by Nnedi Okorafor.The novella was published in 2015 by Tor.com. Binti is the first novella in Okorafor's Binti novella series.
Binti won multiple prominent literary awards, including the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novella and the 2015 Nebula Award for the same category.
A young woman named Binti is the first member of the Himba ethnic group on Earth (closely modeled on the Himba people)to be accepted into the prestigious intergalactic university, Oomza Uni. Upon being notified of her acceptance, Binti runs away from home and boards a transport ship to Oomza Uni. While in transit, the ship is hijacked by the Meduse, a jellyfish-like alien species that have previously been at war with the Khoush, another human ethnic group. After the Meduse murder all other inhabitants of the ship, Binti retreats into her private living quarters. She subsequently discovers that a piece of ancient technology she had brought with her from Earth, referred to as her edan, enables direct communication with the Meduse, and that her otjize, a type of mixed clay made from the soil of her homeland, has healing properties when applied to the tentacles of the Meduse. She makes a friend in one of the younger, more hot-headed Meduse, named Okwu, and subsequently brokers a tentative truce between herself and the hijackers. Upon arrival at the University, she is able to negotiate a lasting peace between the Meduse and the human race, after which she begins her studies at Oomza Uni in earnest.
The novella has two sequels.The first, Binti: Home , was released on January 31, 2017. The third and final installment, Binti: The Night Masquerade, was released in January 2018.
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