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Octavia E. Butler: African Am/Sci Fi/Fantasy Author January 01, 2009 10:25 AM

I just bought an Octavia E. Butler book: Seed to Harvest at Barnes and Nobles ( $18.99 US ). It's incredible! It's extremely rare to see Sci Fi/Fantasy novels written by African American authors. The author bio reads: "Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the first black woman to come to international prominence as a science fiction writer. Incorporating powerful, spare language and rich, well-developed characters, her work tackled race, gender, religion, poverty, power, politics, and science in a way that touched readers of all backgrounds. Butler was a towering figure in life and in her art and the world noticed. A critical force, she recieved numerous awards, includng a MacArthur "genius grant," both the Hugo and Nebula awards, the Langston Hughes Medal, and a PEN Lifetime Achievement award." About herself, Octavia E. Butler once wrote: "I am a fifty-three-year-old writer who can remember being a ten-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an eighty-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." Seed to Harvest is about an ancient African "female demigod of nurture and fertility who mates with a powerful, destructive male entity. Together they birth a race of madmen, visionaries, and psychics who cling to civilization's margins and back alleys for millennia, coming together in a telepathic Pattern just as Earth is consumed by a cosmic invasion. Now these new beings-no longer merely human-will battle to rule the transfigured world." Pretty awesome.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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