The Binti Series

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy…​

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella and the Nommo Award for Best Novella

The short story “Binti: Sacred Fire” (in the Binti omnibus) is a Locus Award nominee

The Binti Trilogy

Binti: The Complete Trilogy

Includes Binti:Sacred Fire, a brand-new Binti story!

Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home to distant Oomza University.

In her Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella, Nnedi Okorafor introduced us to Binti, a young Himba girl with the chance of a lifetime: to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Despite her family’s concerns, Binti’s talent for mathematics and her aptitude with astrolabes make her a prime candidate to undertake this interstellar journey.

But everything changes when the jellyfish-like Medusae attack Binti’s spaceship, leaving her the only survivor. Now, Binti must fend for herself, alone on a ship full of the beings who murdered her crew, with five days until she reaches her destination.

There is more to the history of the Medusae–and their war with the Khoush–than first meets the eye. If Binti is to survive this voyage and save the inhabitants of the unsuspecting planet that houses Oomza Uni, it will take all of her knowledge and talents to broker the peace.

Collected now for the first time in omnibus form, follow Binti’s story in this groundbreaking sci-fi trilogy.

This omnibus edition contains parts 1-3 (available individually, as listed below) plus the short story, Binti: Sacred Fire

Binti - Part 1

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

Binti is Nnedi Okorafor’s first story set in space.

Read an excerpt of BINTI HERE

Home - Part 2

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

Read an excerpt of HOME HERE

The Night Masquerade - Part 3

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment have already claimed the lives of many close to her. Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene – though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives – and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people once and for all.


Hugo Award for Best Novella, winner [more]

Nebula Award for Best Novella, winner [more]

A British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Short), finalist [more]

BooktubeSFF Award for Best Short Work (Popular Vote), winner

A Locus Award (Best Novella), finalist [more]

British Fantasy Award (Best Novella), finalist [more]

Hugo Award nominee for Best Novella (Home & The Night Masquerade)


“In Binti: Home, Okorafor sends her heroine back to Earth on a quest to reconcile the new, conflicting parts of herself with her roots…Okorafor’s writing is even more beautiful than I remember it being in Binti, evocative and sharply elegant in its economy….What Binti: Home says, ultimately, is that traveling the galaxy is relatively easy compared to understanding ourselves and each other — and that this is crucial, necessary work.”

-NPR, Amal El-Mohtar, for HOME

“Binti: Home is a rich, complex story of identity, family, and friendship. It’s the rare sequel that exceeds the expectations set by the first–a futuristic story that is nonetheless vivid, emotional, and timeless.”

-Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series and Carve the Mark (HOME)

“Binti’s adventures thus far blend high-concept science fiction ideas with genuine heart and humanity, but most of all, they showcase one of the richest, most compelling characters in recent sci-fi.”

-Barnes & Noble SFF (HOME)

“[Binti: Home] opens up Binti’s tale in astonishing ways, while provocatively exploring questions of identity and kinship.”

-Chicago Tribune (HOME)

“It very much feels like Binti’s journey has only just begun…the novella ends on a nail-biting cliff-hanger of intergalactic proportions.”

-Kirkus Review (HOME)

“Binti is a compact gem of adventure, bravery and other worlds. Nnedi Okorafor efficiently and effectively uses the short format to create a visual, suspenseful ride. And the heroine, Binti, invites us along to participate in her secret mission. From the start she is special and destined for greater things, but without knowing the tests that will challenge her resilience. As a result, her heroism and vulnerabilities grab our attention, holding tight until the end.”

-USA Today (BINTI)

“Binti is a supreme read about a smart, edgy Afropolitan in space! It’s a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!”

-Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Pumzi and From a Whisper

“Full of the author’s trademark inventiveness, Home follows Okorafor’s compelling protagonist through a series of events that strip Binti of her comforts, her safe spaces, and her familiar tools in order to prepare Binti for the next stage of her journey.”

-SFRA (Science Fiction Research Association) Review (HOME)

“Binti is like Ripley, having to deal with death and drama but in a really clever way that drinks from the pool of who she is. It’s a beautiful, heady, a bit scary, and ultimately fulfilling piece of fiction that made me cry in its last paragraph because of its hopeful, uplifting ending.”

-Kirkus Reviews (BINTI)

“Nnedi Okorafor pens a gorgeous novella set in the outer reaches of space, starring a brave, brilliant girl named Binti. Part coming-of-age tale, part science fiction adventure, Binti is as a whole relatable, beautiful and hard to put down until you’ve reached the last page.”

-Heroes and Heartbreakers, Mala Bhattacharjee (BINTI)

“There’s a lot going on below the surface of Binti, as there always is in Okorafor’s work. Her language is always simple, deceptively so, since there are multiple intriguing ideas and concepts at play in the narrative. …Okorafor’s stories are where the ancient cultures of Africa meet the future, where what we have been and what makes us human meets what we can be and what we may be in the future.”, Mahvesh Murad (BINTI)

“Told in Okorafor’s distinctive visual style, Binti is a wonderful and memorable coming of age story which, to paraphrase Lord of the Rings, shows that one girl can change the course of the galaxy.”

-The Geek Syndicate (BINTI)

“My first reaction on finishing this novella was just the word “wow” repeated over and over again. This is a stunning work of science fiction.”

-Galaxy Girls and Lady Knights (BINTI)

“There is a good bit of “stellar travels” and “alien warfare,” so lovers of science fiction are certainly in for a thrill!”

-Brittle Paper (BINTI)

“Not only is it a story about an intensely clever, brave and compassionate young woman who finds herself doing several things for the first time, it’s also a first contact story. The brilliance of it lies in just how many versions of that first contact Okorafor folds into the text.”

-Alastair Stuart (BINTI)

“Equal parts thriller, adventure, and quest, this work also serves as a timely parable about the power of educating girls. In spite of every possible obstacle, Binti is a girl determined to succeed, whose acute intellect will save her world.”

-Alastair Stuart (BINTI)

“Equal parts thriller, adventure, and quest, this work also serves as a timely parable about the power of educating girls. In spite of every possible obstacle, Binti is a girl determined to succeed, whose acute intellect will save her world.”

-School Library Journal (starred review) (BINTI)

“Within a small space, Okorafor efficiently depicts several distinct cultures and portrays a strong and unusual heroine. A cliff-hanger ending promises more excitement to come.”

-Publishers Weekly, (HOME)

It is best to start with the first book in the series, Binti (2015). Those who do will be rewarded with the painterly imagery that describes Binti’s worlds and the satisfying ending she has been working toward for three books.


Binti’s powerful feelings of displacement, loss, grief, and joy make this entertaining narrative vivid, funny, and memorable.

–Publishers Weekly

The prose is vivid and unadorned, the pacing strong, and then developed as a whole deeply compelling.

–Locus Magazine