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Given the racism found in speculative fiction as well as the lack of onscreen Black representation, the adaptation Nnedi Okorafor's “Who Fears Death” should be celebrated instead of overshadowed.

By Latonya Pennington Nnedi Okorafor is one of the most successful Black speculative fiction writers in existence today. Last year, she won a Hugo award and a Nebula award for her sci-fi novella “Binti”. Now, her post apocalyptic SFF book “Who Fears Death” is going to be adapted into an HBO television series. Yet, VICE magazine decided to make this accomplishment about author and executive producer, George R.R. Martin. First, let me start off by saying George R.R. Martin is not to blame for this. VICE magazine probably thought no one would read the piece if they put the name of a lesser known Black female writer first. Therefore, they used Martin's fame in order to get clicks and views. Not only is this disrespectful, but it is racist. By putting Martin's name before Okorafor's and cropping Okorafor's name off her own book cover, VICE has made it seem like a black female writer needed help from a super famous white male author. In other words, Martin is positioned as a white savior to a Nigerian-American author.
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