Octavia E. Butler


Writer Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California, on June 22, 1947. Octavia E. Butler studied at several universities and began her writing career in the 1970s. Her books blended elements of science fiction and African American spiritualism. Her first novel, Patternmaster (1976), would ultimately become one of the installments in the four-volume Patternist series. Butler went on to write several other novels, including Kindred (1979) as well as Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998), of the Parable series. For some writers, science fiction serves as means to delve into fantasy. But for Butler, it largely served as a vehicle to address issues facing humanity. It was this passionate interest in the human experience that imbued her work with a certain depth and complexity. In the mid-1980s, Butler began to receive critical recognition for her work. She won the 1984 Best Short Story Hugo Award for "Speech Sounds." That same year, the novelette "Bloodchild" won a Nebula Award and later a Hugo as well. In 1995, Butler received a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation — becoming the first science-fiction writer to do so. Source

Excerpt from "Parable of the Sower"

There is no end

To what a living world

Will demand of you.





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Strength & Resilience

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the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing