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Death of the Author

Death of the Author

(Pre-Order, Jan 14 2025)

Nnedi Okorafor
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"Her best work yet. . . This one has it all.” — George R.R. Martin

"[Okorafor’s] worlds open your mind to new things, always rooted in the red clay of reality. Prepare to fall in love." — Neil Gaiman

In this exhilarating tale by New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor, a disabled Nigerian American woman pens a wildly successful Sci-Fi novel, but as her fame rises, she loses control of the narrative—a surprisingly cutting, yet heartfelt drama about art and love, identity and connection, and, ultimately, what makes us human. This is a story unlike anything you’ve read before.

The future of storytelling is here.

Disabled, disinclined to marry, and more interested in writing than a lucrative career in medicine or law, Zelu has always felt like the outcast of her large Nigerian family. Then her life is upended when, in the middle of her sister’s lavish Caribbean wedding, she’s unceremoniously fired from her university job and, to add insult to injury, her novel is rejected by yet another publisher. With her career and dreams crushed in one fell swoop, she decides to write something just for herself. What comes out is nothing like the quiet, literary novels that have so far peppered her unremarkable career. It’s a far-future epic where androids and AI wage war in the grown-over ruins of human civilization. She calls it Rusted Robots.

When Zelu finds the courage to share her strange novel, she does not realize she is about to embark on a life-altering journey—one that will catapult her into literary stardom, but also perhaps obliterate everything her book was meant to be. From Chicago to Lagos to the far reaches of space, Zelu’s novel will change the future not only for humanity, but for the robots who come next.

A book-within-a-book that blends the line between writing and being written, Death of the Author is a masterpiece of metafiction that manages to combine the razor-sharp commentary of Yellowface with the heartfelt humanity of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Surprisingly funny, deeply poignant, and endlessly discussable, this is at once the tale of a woman on the margins risking everything to be heard and a testament to the power of storytelling to shape the world as we know it.


Nnedi Okorafor is the author of multiple award-winning and New York Times bestselling series including Binti and Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO with George R.R. Martin. She has won every major prize in speculative fiction, including the World Fantasy, Nebula, Eisner, and multiple Hugo awards, as well as general honors such as the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. Born in Cincinnati to Igbo Nigerian immigrant parents, she now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with her daughter Anyaugo.


  • ISBN: 9780063391147
  • ISBN 10: 0063391147
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • Published: January 14, 2025
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • BISAC Sagas, African American & Black / Women, Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic. Literary, Family Life / Siblings, Thrillers / Suspense, Visionary & Metaphysical


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