Broken Places and Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected by Nnedi Okorafor is a short memoir that packs a huge punch. Nnedi Okorafor is the award-winning science fiction writer of novels and graphic novels for youth, teens, and adults. In this book she chronicles her journey through the surgical mishap that left her temporarily paralyzed and first sparked her need to write. Her story is interwoven with sci-fi and fantasy as giant bugs crawl over the walls of her hospital room and she imagines herself as a cyborg, standing at the edge of the ocean. A beautifully written memoir that is short enough to read in a single sitting but which stays with you long after the final page.