George R.R. Martin Producing HBO Adaptation of “Who Fears Death”


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Game of Thrones creator continues to expand his relationship with HBO as he has signed on to executive produce a series adaptation of the book by Nnedi Okorafo. The news was announced by Okorafo on Twitter.

The award-winning book is set in the fictionalized post-apocalyptic future version of Sudan, where the light-skinned Nuru oppress the dark-skinned Okeke. Central character, Onyesonwu, is an Ewu, meaning the child of an Okeke woman raped by a Nuru man. On reaching maturity, she goes on a quest to defeat her sorcerous father Daib using her magical powers. The story was partially inspired by Emily Wax’s Washington Post article “We Want to Make a Light Baby,” which discussed the use of weaponized rape by Arab militiamen against Black African women in the Darfur Conflict.

The work was published in 2010 by DAW and won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award “for an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity.”


In addition to Game of Thrones, which is entering its last two seasons, Martin is also developing in a few planned spinoffs at HBO. His novella Nightflyers is also in the works at Syfy with a pilot order.

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