God and Earth in Elechi Amadi’s Science Fiction

  • Obari Gomba University of Port Harcourt
Keywords: Africa; Nigeria; Elechi Amadi; Science Fiction

Abstract

Elechi Amadi’s reputation, as one of Africa’s significant writers of Nigerian extraction, has been firmly established by his novels. The Concubine, The Great Ponds, The Slave, and Estrangement are well known. In about five decades of his artistic career, till his death in 2016, Amadi maintained an image of excellence. His fiction, non-fiction, plays, and poems indicate that he has produced works that have abiding resonance. In 2011, he published When God Came, his last and perhaps least known work. It is science fiction, comprising two parts. This essay examines the depiction of God, the earth, and speculative science in Amadi’s last work.

References

*** (2003). Speaking and Singing. Port Harcourt: University of Port Harcourt Press.
*** (2011). When God Came. Port Harcourt: University of Port Harcourt Press.
Amadi, Elechi (2008). Science Fiction and Mainstream Literature. Critical Perspectives on Elechi Amadi. Ed. Seiyifa Koroye. Port Harcourt: Pearls Publishers, pp. 20-25.
Bennett, Andrew & Nicholas Royle (2004). Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory. Third Edition. Harlow: Pearson.
Eko, Ebele Ewa (2008). Elechi Amadi: Half Century of Creative Writing. Critical Perspectives on Elechi Amadi. Ed. Seiyifa Koroye. Port Harcourt: Pearls Publishers, pp. 1-19.
Nwodim, Obinna; Uzo Nwamara & Priye Iyalla-Amadi (2016). Elechi Amadi: A Quintessential Giant. Port Harcourt: Panam.
Osofisan, Femi (1994). A Master of Suspense.” Elechi Amadi at 55. Ed. W. Feuser and E. Eko. Ibadan: Heinemann, pp. 32-34.
Palmer, Eustace (1994). The Art of Elechi Amadi. Elechi Amadi at 55. Ed. W. Feuser and E. Eko. Ibadan: Heinemann, pp. 46-58.
Patrouch, Joseph E. (1974). The Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov. London: Dennis Dobson.
Published
2021-07-01
Section
Communication