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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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A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 1 week ago
'Parable of the Talents' is a very different book than 'Sower', but I felt it was just a good. The first novel was made up of selected early journals of Lauren Olamina, who "discovered" Earthseed and led her group of survivors to safe land owned by her lover Bankole after her home and family were de...
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 1 week ago
Written in 1993 and set in 2024, Butler's vision of a future America in decline at the mercy of climate change, corporate greed, government corruption and unchecked poverty, still seems very possible. I especially liked the restraint with which this was written and Butler's emphasis on race, gender ...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 4 weeks ago
I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but I'm trying to stretch myself this year. Kindred isn't as sci-fi as I expected, which possibly added to my enjoyment. I wasn't planning on starting the book until this month, but since it took me so long to read The Warmth of Other Suns I thought I should start early...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 5 months ago
Lilith, the name is important for the reference, awakens on an alien ship, long after the human race has almost destroyed itself (doomsday). The problem is that in order for the human race to continue live, Lilith must work with aliens who will make the humans a bit more than human. The book is m...
pedestrienne
pedestrienne rated it 9 months ago
maybe the best time travel book I've read? the only other one that comes close is that short story by DuMaurier.
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