Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

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 our limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths. Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed. A college track star and budding entomologist, Nnedi?s lifelong battle with scoliosis was just A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening, award-winning science fiction writer...

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Title:Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected
Author:Nnedi Okorafor
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:112 pages pages

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected Reviews

  • Chris Blocker
    Jul 13, 2019
    I'm sure the intended audience of Broken Places & Outer Spaces is fans of Nnedi Okorafor's fiction. Though Okorafor is one of many authors whose work I hope to get around to, I have yet to make that journey with her. So perhaps, by not being familiar with her work prior to reading ...
  • Christen
    Jun 27, 2019
    I fell in love with Binti last year. I honestly knew nothing about the author other than I should really read more of her stuff. I really enjoyed hearing Ms. Okorafor's stories of how and why she began telling her stories. I also appreciated the reference to related TED talks at the en...
  • Kirsti
    Jul 29, 2019
    Brief, focused memoir on the author's botched surgery that led to paralysis. Okorafor describes how this hardship led her to become a science fiction writer. She prefers the term Africanfuturism to Afrofuturism to emphasize that the SF has its base in Africa itself and African lore rat...
  • Marzie
    Jun 20, 2019
    Acclaimed author Nnedi Okorafor's moving account of her experience with paralysis following scoliosis surgery at nineteen sheds insight into so much of her work. From her love of insects to her frightening experiences with racism while growing up in Chicago, you can find traces of her ...
  • Gretchen Rubin
    Apr 29, 2019
    I love Okorafor's fiction, and was always curious to learn more about her life, so I was thrilled to get the chance to read this memoir. Short and powerful. ...
  • Mary
    Jun 23, 2019
    Ms. Okorafor is one of my favorite authors. I've enjoyed her science fiction stories and when I learned that she had a book coming out talking about how she got started writing science fiction I went online and pre-ordered it. She writes about her journey as an athlete who has scol...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Jun 22, 2019
    Nnedi Okorafor is an auto-buy author for me -- I love her work. This is a TED talk she did regarding her personal experiences when she was a college student and athlete and a surgery for scoliosis left her paralyzed. During the grueling experience of learning how to walk again and how ...
  • Violeta
    Jun 19, 2019
    I hadn?t heard of Nnedi Okorafor before picking up this book, and I don?t normally read sci-fi, but I do often read medical-ish creative nonfiction, and that?s how this book came to my attention. Okorafor?s writing is fierce and beautifully other, particularly in the section...
  • Tanya
    Jul 30, 2019
    This was actually a rather difficult read for me. I've had the same surgery as Nnedi, although it was 17 years after she had hers. I had become paralyzed with my surgery as well, though with the help of technology I did not wake up paralyzed. I also had the unfortunate problem of deali...
  • Lorraine M. Thompson
    Aug 26, 2019
    I picked this book up because I was intrigued by the title and I am trying to read more writings by women authors. Then I ended up fracturing my fibula (it was dive off the side of the road or be a smear on the bumper of an SUV) and suddenly found "extra" time to read. Ms Nnedi's wo...
  • Sierra
    Jun 18, 2019
    Love it. ...
  • Nanette
    Jun 28, 2019
    Nnedi Okorafor is a fascinating woman, and this book explores her beginnings and growth as a writer. It's a quick read, and will be interesting to her fans as well as to readers who are interested in the creative process. Her resilience and determination are exceptional. My only (minor...
  • Rae
    Jul 14, 2019
    I know Nnedi said she'd written and rewritten and edited down this book - but I for one would have read three times as much. Her story was written so engagingly and I loved how it jumps in time from her accident to 2029 - I for one look forward to that year much more now that I might h...
  • Jill Furedy
    Sep 13, 2019
    I enjoyed hearing about how the author's surgery-gone-wrong disrupting her planned path turned her into writing and a more imaginative and internal life. It's both terrible, but also amazing what she came away with from the situation. At the end of the book, she said she ended up writi...
  • Donna
    Jul 06, 2019
    A Ted talk memoir of how the author coped with being paralyzed. Just based on her fiction, I knew Nnedi Okorafor was an amazing person. I enjoy her way of looking at living with a different slant, partially based on her background and visits with her family to Nigeria, and partiall...
  • Margaret
    Jul 28, 2019
    This book speaks to me on so many levels. As a disabled woman who didn't receive a diagnosis until more than a decade after my health problems surfaced, it's been a process of looking back to see where and how my life changed--became broken and rearranged. Because Okorafor's disability...
  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    Jul 03, 2019
    I've long since said that Nnedi isn't from this world. She is a creative goddess from some unknown dimension. I love her Binti trilogy, and am slowly acquiring her other titles so that I can go on a binge read. I wanted to read this to get to know an author that I love. This Ted Tal...
  • Hannah
    Jun 19, 2019
    I listened to the audiobook version (read by the author) and I was actually shocked by how short it was: even shorter than novellas like Binti. If you are familiar with Nnedi Okorafor's fiction, there are lots of Easter eggs in here, - including the concept of treeing. For everyone ...
  • Rana
    Jul 11, 2019
    A short little peek into the head (and body) of a favorite writer. Would love to see more of these long-format essays in book form. ...
  • Ashley
    Jul 11, 2019
    If you?re a fan of Nnedi Okorafor?s fiction then you NEED to read this! It?s add such a deeper understanding to her work and her story is so inspiring. She is an awesome woman and author. Loved this and I was even okay with the fact that I was so short! ...
  • BookTrib.com
    Jun 20, 2019
    Living life with a disability is never easy, and Nnedi Okorafor paints an incredible picture of how difficult her life became after her surgery gone wrong. She was destined to be the next star athlete, the next best doctor. But being paralyzed was never a part of her plan. In Broken...
  • Katie
    Sep 02, 2019
    Short TedTalk inspired book about the author's life, which I found interesting as I have read some of her fiction and heard her speak on SDCC panels. ...
  • Britta Böhler
    Jun 23, 2019
    Some interesting thoughts on creativity but the book was way to short (112 pages) to develop any of them in depth. 2.5* ...
  • Wade
    Sep 04, 2019
    A beautiful tragedy of a young girl who's strong body and defining athleticism is taken away when she wakes up paralyzed from the belly button down. During her time down and her subsequent clawing back to a new sort of normal, she dreams of technologies and fantasies where she can walk...
  • Richard
    Jun 22, 2019
    You may hold this against me but I do not care to know about the private lives of authors, actors, or athletes that I follow. I focus on their work. What they do in their private lives does not effect me or my enjoyment of their work, unless they gain headlines by doing something total...
  • Katherine
    Jul 16, 2019
    When author Nnedi Okorafor was younger, she had severe scoliosis. Once its progression worsened to a point where surgical correction was needed, she was brought in to have some of her vertebrae fused and a steel rod implanted to help correct the curvature of her spine. The doctors assu...
  • Vanessa Halls
    Mar 26, 2019
    A quick and inspiring read. Okorafor's lush literary style is on full display, and every page packed a punch. It's not everyday you get such a brutally honest and intimate offering from one of your favorite authors, and not every author can produce nonfiction this lovely. I feel very p...
  • Cortney
    Aug 05, 2019
    3.25 A brief look into her struggles with learning to walk again after being temporarily paralyzed from surgery and how it spurred her creativity. ...
  • Dan Trefethen
    Aug 01, 2019
    This short book accompanies a TED talk that Nnedi gave about her experience in losing the ability to feel her legs after a botched surgery to fix her scoliosis. A star athlete in high school, the surgery at 19 changed her life forever. While she regained her ability to walk, she still ...
  • Kingtchalla83
    Aug 01, 2019
    "What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become strengths greater than what we had when we were ?normal? or unbroken. In much of science fiction, when something breaks, something greater often emerges from the cracks." pg 5 ? ? ? Nnedi Okorafor's works ar...