"Octavia's Butler's Parables are hauntingly prophetic! They peer into a not-so-distant draught-ravished California. Lauren Olamina, young daughter of a minister, responds to the urgency of humanity's dire need for sustainable resilience by creating Earthseed: A new communalist worldview and guidebook for survival and human Futurity. When tragedy reaches her home, Lauren sets out to actualize a new world. Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents both guide readers through a series of plausible crises that highlight America's politics alongside the devastating impact of racism." - Amai
Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led Lauren to found a new faith that teaches "God Is Change." But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat.
"Antonio Damasio's Self Comes to Mind is, to put it plainly, a frontier-opening text! With nearly 50 years of ground-breaking research on the neurological foundations of consciousness, Damasio presents his theory of how brains produce a 'self.' If the significance of these creitical discoveries in neuroscience is analagous to other scientific fields, it may be compared to Eintstein's Theory of Relativity. Damasio walks the layman through the scientific understanding of each part of the brain that plays a role in generating consciousness. He also highlights how these counter-intuitive truths challenge our notions of ethics, legal rights, agency and what it means to be human! Self Comes to Mind is both an ambitious thesis and a beautiful unveiling of a previously hidden human universe." - Amai
"Nnedi Okorafor's Binti launches readers into an expansive adventure through a rich universe with kaleidoscopic peoples, species, and cultures. The protagonist, Binti, embarks on a journey to the galactically renowned Oomza University. She departs against her family's wishes as the Himba tribe's newest Master Harmonizer. Her ability to use mathematical equations to calm life and dissipate conflict will prove more valuable than ever as she finds herself at the epicenter of an ancient war between worlds..." - Amai
"N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy begins with the end of a wonderfully reimagined earth, where all but the one responsible for this world-ending fate have no knowledge of what's to come. The three protagonists, all of them orogenes, Essun, Syen, Damaya, each endure hardship as cultural stigma against them is common. Orogenes have the ability to feel, shape, and manipulate the earth itself; lave, fault-lines, weather and all! Jemisin captures readers in a beautifully elaborate and psychoanalytic world, engaging empathy as factions, alliances, and politics adapt to an approaching doomsday." - Amai
Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best NovelThe acclaimed sequel to the bestselling The Fifth Season, winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, FOR THE LAST TIME.
"Magnificent" - NPR