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Author's Note

I'm a 53-year-old writer who can remember being a 10-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an 80-year-old writer. I'm also comfortably asocial — a hermit in the middle of Seattle — a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a Black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.

I've had eleven novels published so far: Patternmaster, Mind of my Mind, Survivor, Kindred, Wild Seed, Clay's Ark, Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago, Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents as well as a collection of my shorter work, entitled Bloodchild. I've also had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. One, "Speech Sounds," won a Hugo Award as best short story of 1984. Another, "Bloodchild," won both the 1985 Hugo and the 1984 Nebula awards as best novelette. My most recent novel Parable of the Talents won the 1999 Nebula for Best Novel.

Octavia Butler

Of Special Note: In 1995 Octavia E. Butler was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. The program funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, rewards creative people who push the boundaries of their fields. In 2000, she received the PEN Center West Lifetime Achievement Award.

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CorreLola, September 21, 2007 (view all comments by CorreLola)
Octavia Butler’s depiction of a distopian U.S. in the near future is both arresting and terrifying. Building on a story that started in The Parable of the Sower, Bulter tells the chilling account of Lauren Olamina's survival and her determination to expand the religion she created as a teenager: Earthseed.
Born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles, Lauren grew up during a chaotic era known as the Pox. Lauren is trained by her father to work with firearms and she teaches herself survival skills. After her home is destroyed and her family is killed, Lauren walks north to Humboldt County with a couple of surviving neighbors, collecting people she meets on the way. In Humboldt County, Lauren establishes Acorn, what she hopes will be the first of many communities dedicated to living by the principles of Earthseed. But as the political climate of the country changes, Washington turns to war against seditionist Alaska, and the fundamentalist Church of Christian America gets their leader installed in the White House, Acorn’s – and Lauren’s – future is in jeopardy.
Here Butler deals with race, gender, corporate greed, political corruption, climate change and religious fanatism. Butler shows readers a world too close to ours for comfort and it’s not hard to imagine that everything she writes in these pages could very well happen.
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Butler, Octavia E.
Warner Books (NY)
Octavia E.
New York : Warner Books, c2000
Science Fiction - General
Science fiction
Young women
Twenty-first century
Political fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Science / General
Social outcasts; Mothers and daughters; Child abduction; Religious fanatics; Religious conflict
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Product details 464 pages Warner Books - English 9780446675789 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction — period....A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature."
"Review" by , "Impressive."
"Review" by , "Splendid...immensely interesting...provocative, intelligent writing....A parable that deserves to be pondered."
"Review" by , "Enthralling...compelling and truly original."
"Review" by , "The story of three generations of Olamina women....Most touching in the novel are the friction between generations, the kinds of faith each generation indulges in, and the new families that form when traditional ones are splintered."
"Review" by , "Impassioned...stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent."
"Review" by , "Intricate and intense...a voice that cradles and captivates."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...powerful, moving, and beautifully written."
"Review" by , "[She creates] some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...real women caught in impossible situations."
"Review" by , "What 'cyberpunk' author William Gibson does for young, disaffected white fans...Octavia Estelle Butler does for people of color. She gives us a future."
"Review" by , "A new Octavia Butler novel is an exciting event....She is one of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility."
"Review" by , "Butler sets the imagination free, blending the real and the possible."
"Review" by , "Like William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, and other "cyberpunk" writers, she uses disciplined extrapolation to explore the dark possibilities of the near future....Butler simply takes existing helter-skelter and turns up the volume a few notches....Since the 1992 riots, premonitions of Butler's low-rise dystopia, with urban decay metastasizing in the heart of suburbia, have become commonplace."
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