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‘Who Fears Death’ is Being Adapted as a Series on HBO

Who Fears Death is a fantasy/science fiction novel by American writer Nnedi Okorafor PhD, published in 2010. A year later, it was awarded with the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, as well with the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award “for an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity.”

Who Fears Death takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Sudan, where the Nuru tribe has enslave the Okeke people and are looking for a way to eradicate them. As this is going on, an Okeke woman is raped by a Nuru man and gives birth to a daughter who she names Onyesonwu, “Who fears death?”. As the child grows, she develops magical powers and discovers that she is being targeted by a powerful force that wants her dead.


George R.R. Martin, famous author of the Song of Ice and Fire book series, will be in charge of producing this book adaptation at HBO.

Although according to Variety sources say that the deal is not officially closed and HBO has declined to comment, this can be taken as official since the one who revealed everything was the author herself through Twitter:

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It’s good to see that George R.R Martin is using his name to give new authors a chance for their work to be know, but let’s just hope this news doesn’t ignite rumours about his own novels. This is not about him.

What do you think about this news? Are you excited for this series? Let us know in the comments below!

No date has been announced, neither for production nor for release.

Source: Nnedi Okorafor PhD

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