N. K. Jemisin

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N.K. Jemisin (b. 1972) is the author of seven speculative fiction novels as well short fiction. She has been nominated for many awards, and in 2015 she became the first Black author to win Hugo Award for Best Novel for her book The Fifth Season.

The Fifth Season, book one of The Broken Earth trilogy, set on a distant planet, depicts a catastrophic climate event. The story begins as Essun discovers her husband has murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. As society begins to collapse and the season begins to darken into something menacing and dangerous, Essun must navigate the deadly terrain in order to rescue her daughter.

The Fifth Season, at once ecological sci-fi and post apocalyptic, is an important work of Afrofuturism as it address themes of race, class, and gender. Through the exploration of environmental issues, characters manifest powers tied with their world and their emotions that threaten to destroy or be destroyed.