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Omar Epps Releases Sequel to ‘Nubia’ Sci-Fi Book Series

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Omar Epps visited SiriusXM Studios on November 08, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

*Omar Epps has released his new sci-fi book “Nubia: The Reckoning,” which is the sequel to 2022’s “Nubia: The Awakening.

When Epps appeared recently on GMA, he said of the second installment in the “Nubia” series, “It’s really about inclusion in an organic way. I try to have characters that represent the world in the way that it looks–and people that haven’t been seen and heard […] are [also] felt.”

Epps said he “created a universe” with his “Nubia” trilogy, which he hopes to expand to film and television. “I want to be able to tell as many stories as I can within it,” he revealed. 

The book follows three teenage refugees from a fallen African utopia, who must navigate a climate-ravaged New York City with their newfound powers. Epps previously explained the inspiration for the book series in an interview with Madame Noire.

“It’s inspired by life. Nubia was truly inspired by a very, very simple thought. We live in a tumultuous world. Right now, we probably think the world is going to shit – it’s over. If you ask the generation from World War I, they’d be like, ‘No, we thought it was over.’ I just had this idea one day. ‘What if… What would the world look like if love itself was illegal? Like actually illegal, and then reborn through this 13-year-old kid who is love itself?’ That was the nugget of the idea for me,” he shared. 

“And it’s just like, it’s almost in our world now. It almost kind of seems that way. They put, you know, white against black. They put tall against short. You know, Christian against Muslim and everything like that. At the core of the book, it’s about unity through the human experience,” Epps explained.

“Then I just started building the mythology and mapping it out. I came to a point where I was like, ‘What if there was a utopian society, at one point in our existence, where everything was perfect? What if, whatever our interpretation of what heaven is, actually existed where human beings are in total balance with not only each other but the land, every animal, and everything, and the gift then is that they all have a superpower or gift?’ Each individual has a different thing that brings balance to the community. Then I just, you know, went into my creative nether world and built this book.”

Hear more from Epps about the latest installment in the book series via the YouTube clip above.

You can catch the actor in the new season of “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” which premieres on December 1, 2023, on Starz.

READ MORE: Omar Epps Drops Afro-futurist YA Fiction Book ‘Nubia: The Awakening’

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