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Nnedi Okorafor - Spider the ArtistLet me draw your attention to an older story - Spider the Artist was Nnedi Okorafor's first 'pure' Science Fiction story (her words). So no Fantasy, no Folk Magic (well...), but, even with this first effort, her very own, distinct brand of African Dystopia.

The story is set around an oil pipeline, with the usual going-ons that such a transport for valuable goods brings. Except that pipeline is guarded by 8-legged, spider-like robots who do not take kindly to people tapping the pipeline, or interfering with it in any way. But it is also a love story, and a promise for the future, which is something I greatly appreciate in such a setting.

This was first published in an anthology called Seeds of Change (worth reading!), and later on re-published in Lightspeed Magazine, where you can read the story in full.

The picture on the right are illustrations from the Finnish translation of the story, as published in the magazine Tähtivaeltaja.

Links: Nnedi Okorafor - Spider the Artist - Seeds of Change - Lightspeed Magazine Tähtivaeltaja


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