Why this book?
Nnedi Okorafor is the leading light in African Speculative Fiction (ASF) and Lagoon is a great place to start (or continue), by reading Nnedi’s wide-ranging, seamless and extensive blends of science fiction and fantasy, all firmly rooted in the African continent. Lagoon is a first contact/alien invasion novel and where else would aliens want to invade, than the massive Nigerian metropolis of Lagos? This not only decenters traditional Western narratives of first contact, but it starts and ends with animal and mythic voices that remind us of our histories—and that we are already surrounded by ‘aliens’ (many of whom we are either eating or driving into extinction.) At its heart, Lagoon is a novel of hope, about relearning a new and compassionate way of relating to ‘Others’, including our shared living planet.