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Octavia E. Butler
Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the “grand dame of science fiction,” was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947. She received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena Community College, and also attended California State University in Los Angeles and the University... show more



Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the “grand dame of science fiction,” was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947. She received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena Community College, and also attended California State University in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. During 1969 and 1970, she studied at the Screenwriter’s Guild Open Door Program and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop, where she took a class with science fiction master Harlan Ellison (who later became her mentor), and which led to Butler selling her first science fiction stories.Butler’s first story, “Crossover,” was published in the 1971 Clarion anthology. Patternmaster, her first novel and the first title of her five-volume Patternist series, was published in 1976, followed by Mind of My Mind in 1977. Others in the series include Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980), which won the James Tiptree Award, and Clay’s Ark (1984).With the publication of Kindred in 1979, Butler was able to support herself writing full time. She won the Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story, “Speech Sounds,” and in 1985, Butler’s novelette “Bloodchild” won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and an award for best novelette from Science Fiction Chronicle.Other books by Octavia E. Butler include the Xenogenesis trilogy: Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988) and Imago (1989), and a short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995). Parable of the Sower (1993), the first of her Earthseed series, was a finalist for the Nebula Award as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The book’s sequel, Parable of the Talents (1998), won a Nebula Award.In 1995 Butler was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship.AWARDS 1980, Creative Arts Award, L.A. YWCA 1984, Hugo Award for Best Short Story – Speech Sounds 1984, Nebula Award for Best Novelette – Bloodchild 1985, Science Fiction Chronicle Award for Best Novelette – Bloodchild 1985, Locus Award for Best Novelette – Bloodchild 1985, Hugo Award for Best Novelette – Bloodchild 1995, MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant 1999, Nebula Award for Best Novel – Parable of the Talents 2000, PEN American Center lifetime achievement award in writing 2010, Inductee Science Fiction Hall of Fame 2012, Solstice Award, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

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Birth date: June 22, 1947
Died: February 24, 2006
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pareidolia
pareidolia rated it 3 weeks ago
This is not really a review, but it's Octavia Butler's birthday, and I want to use the opportunity to encourage everyone to read this trilogy, one of the most disturbing and brilliant things I've ever read. I first read it about four years ago, taught it three times since then, and it always leads t...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 10 months ago
Well this one didn't work for me at all. The only saving grace is that it was short. I loved/liked Octavia Butler's other books and this one just made my skin crawl. Reading about almost immortal beings named Anyanwu and Doro through 288 pages of their dysfunction was a little much for me honestly. ...
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Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 11 months ago
In the third book of her Xenogenesis series, Octavia Butler gives us the alien’s perspective. It makes the Oankali marginally less creepy, but only a tiny bit. Butler excels at creating truly alien life forms, with wildly different forms of reproduction. The Oankali having stinging cells and ten...
Scarlet's Web
Scarlet's Web rated it 1 year ago
As part of the TBR Canine Jar Challenge, Kindred was chosen by Enya Kindred is her third pick from the jar this year, her previous picks being The Exorcist and Middlesex. I went into this expecting it to blow my socks off as I've seen many people raving about it, but that's not what happened....
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it 1 year ago
I know, it's about time right? It seemed like everyone was reading this a while back and I know that it isn't exactly a new book to begin with. I wanted to read it because of all the reviews and rave it was getting but had this gnawing fear that I would hate it. But then I listened to Bloodchild and...
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